NOTE: Powell Hut is CLOSED for strengthening work. Alternative accommodation is at Jumbo Hut (5-6 hours)
If you want to do a walk on the tops consider going mid-week when bookings at Jumbo Hut are more likely to be available
Any tramp from Holdsworth along the Jumbo Circuit must be considered carefully for preparation and ability
The tramp beyond Mountain House Shelter follows the Mount Holdsworth Track, climbing through beech forest to Powell Hut (1,200 metres).
Just below the hut, a rocky outcrop affords an excellent view of High Ridge and Totara Flats far below in the Waiohine Valley.
The route to the summit of Mount Holdsworth (1,470 metres) is exposed to winds but otherwise straight-forward. Reaching the trig at the summit gives a real sense of achievement and well worth a photo.
The return trip to Powell Hut can be completed in 7-8 hours, to Mount Holdsworth in 8-9 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Powell Hut does require a hut ticket which can be purchased at the Masterton i-SITE Visitor Centre.