Near the head of the Wilberforce River, Browning Pass is easily reached via the old zigzag track to
Lake Browning. To descend to the west, follow the western side of Lake Browning and the poled track
leading down to Harman Hut.
From Harman Hut in the Arahura Valley, the track continues towards Browning Pass before dropping
into O’Connors Creek and following that up on gravel. The climb up to the pass, marked by poles,
begins at about the 980-metre contour on the true right. At about the 1200-metre contour, above a
waterfall, it crosses back to the true left and follows rocky knolls 100 metres or so west of the creek,
leading to gentle basins north of Lake Browning. It is a wonderful place to camp in fine weather. Note
that Browning Pass is not the lowest point on the Divide at the head of the lake, but lies to the south.
The descent to the Wilberforce River, scrambling down to scree and then tussock, is not difficult in
summer but can be considerably more challenging in winter with steep hard snow.
Time : Harman Hut to the pass, 2–3 hrs
in association with the Canterbury Mountaineering Club