Let's try this again...
Let's tramp to Cow Creek Hut via Blue Range hut. It will be 4-5 hours of walking on the way in and about the same on the way out, most of it uphill. We will try to go at a decent pace so we have some time to enjoy the river while it's still light.
It is a standard hut so you will need one hut ticket.
Also the standard: several layers of warm clothes, rain gear, sleeping bag, dry clothes to sleep in, headlamp or torch, lots of snacks, stuff for breakfast and two lunches.
tramping boots are essential as well.