Little Criffel Track

  • 6 hr – 8 hr loop track with a road section
  • Medium

A steep track leading to Little Criffel (1341m), off the Cardrona Valley Road.

Key information
Walking time
1 day
6 hr – 8 hr
Distance
19.0km
Type
Loop track with a road section
Loop track with a road section
Grade
Medium
River crossings. Steep, unformed route. Avalanche hazardin winter. Hot, dry conditions. Alpine conditions. Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Avalon car park, 12km from Wanaka, and easily missed.
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Ends
The Larches car park, 9.5km from Wanaka.
Maps
NZTopo50-CB12
Altitude
390m – 1,341m
Altitude change 951m

From the Avalon car park, cross the Cardrona River, and follow a steep, unformed route onto the Criffel Range. From here, it meanders easily to the summit. A water race and the Criffel Diggings are nearby. 

From Little Criffel, the route continues along the ridge, and drops back toward the road, into the Larches Conservation Area. This features native broom, along with matagouri and kanuka. 

Some sections of track cross private land. Use stiles, and do not disturb stock. Access from The Larches car park is clsed for lambing between 10 October and 10 November every year.

Walking times:

  • Avalon car park to Little Criffel: 3-4 hours, 9km
  • Little Criffel to The Larches car park: 3-4 hours, 10km
  • Road section: 30 minutes, 2.5km
Map
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ID 8883

About this track

Added 15 January 2014 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
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