ice lake • By Hugh vN. Licence: C.

Westland is known for big bush clad valleys, bigger gorges and tough trips. But there are also beautiful remote alpine places that sometimes are surprisingly accessible.

Ice lake is at the head of the Butler valley, at the head of the Whataroa valley. Two days of classic tramping up well cleared tracks past superbly maintained  huts gets you to the outlet of Ice Lake and a view of the surrounding peaks.