Bealey Spur is an easy day walk in the mountains of the Southern Alps, on the Canterbury side of Arthurs Pass. Walkers are rewarded with river valley views, and a walk through mountain beech forest to a hut at 1,200m (4,000ft). It takes about five hours return from the carpark on State Highway 73 to the hut. Bealey Spur Track map here.
The Bealey Valley forks to the left, to Arthur’s Pass. To the right is the Mingha Valley, heading up to Goat Pass. Goat Pass and the Mingha are part of the Coast To Coast mountain run.
The Bealey Top Hut was built in 1935. It was used by musterers in the days when this was sheep farmland, until the land was retired in 1978 and became part of Arthurs Pass National Park. It is a simple construction of corrugated iron over a beech sapling frame.