Freehold Creek

Ahuriri Conservation Park

  • 1 day return by the same track
  • Medium

Climb the mountains behind Lake Ohau into a basin of tarns and waterfalls.

Freehold creek • By bohwaz. Licence: cc by-sa.
Key information
Walking time
1 day
5 hr – 9 hr
Distance
15.0km
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Car park, Parsons Creek, Lake Ohau Road
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Maps
NZTopo50-BZ14
Altitude
520m – 1,479m
Altitude change 959m

From the Parsons Creek car park, the track leads through dry beech forest to a view point and picnic table. Continuing uphill, the track reaches a junction. A trail to Lake Ohau Lodge leads right, while Freehold Creek is left. The track edges along the top of the terrace at the bottom of the hill, crossing Sawyers Creek. This area was logged extensively in the 1880s.

At Freehold Creek, the track bends upstream and over a bridge. The smooth track climbs through light forest alongside a tumbling white creek. Passing a couple of scree slides, the track becomes rocky underfoot and strikes the bushline. From here, the route is marked by poles.

The track bends to the right of the middle spur of three, following a creek, crossing to the true left, and climbing to a high basin with a tarn (1479m). A second tarn is just five minutes uphill. From here, a gently spur leads to the top of the range, and a route directly north will lead you to Dumb-bell Lake 2km away. 

Walking times: 

  • Car park to bushline: 2 hours
  • Bushline to tarns: 1 hour
  • Tarns to Dumb-bell Lake: 2 hours
Map
ID 413

About this track

Added 25 November 2003 by MatthewMatthew. 1 revision 11 August 2013 by MatthewMatthew.
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