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Aspiring Flat and Sisyphus Peak

Looking south from Sysiphus Peak

Looking south from Sysiphus Peak

The Matukituki East Branch winds its way down to meet the West Branch, where we started this walk yesterday. It's ...   More ▶︎
Rainbow Stream

Rainbow Stream

Probably at about 1000m here, 500m above Aspiring Flats visible below. We faffed around somewhere near here and lost a couple ...   More ▶︎
Sisyphus Peak from Wilmot Saddle

Sisyphus Peak from Wilmot Saddle

Still 200m to go. Sisyphus Peak (1859m) from Wilmot Saddle (1682m).   More ▶︎
Rock of Ages Bivouac

Rock of Ages Bivouac

An overhang above the Kitchener River and Aspiring Flats, near the Matukituki East Branch. Room to sleep 10, although exposed ...   More ▶︎

Picton to Aspiring

An aborted alpine traverse. Picton to West Cape, but aborted at Aspiring due to real world emergencies back home. Posted ...   More ▶︎
Rock of Ages bivvy - Mt.Aspiring Flats

Rock of Ages bivvy - Mt.Aspiring Flats

A short distance from the East Matukituki, through which flows Kitchener stream is Aspiring Flats. Coveniently located is a rock ...   More ▶︎
Haast to The Divide

Haast to The Divide

Andrew Barker's traverse 2009. From Pleasant Flat in the Haast to The Divide via Mt Aspiring National Park.   More ▶︎
A camp with a view over the East Matukituki

A camp with a view over the East Matukituki

Kathryn returns from Dragonfly Peak to her camp on the ridge to South AlbertBurn saddle from the East Matukituki.   More ▶︎
West Matukituki Valley

West Matukituki Valley

Looking down into valley   More ▶︎
A visit to South AlbertBurn saddle

A visit to South AlbertBurn saddle

Michael crosses the snow slopes above Hester Pinney Creek. The sun has only just risen over the saddle and the ...   More ▶︎
Approaching the South AlbertBurn saddle and the sun

Approaching the South AlbertBurn saddle and the sun

An early start made it easier to cross the slopes above Hester Pinney Ck. We were pleased to make it ...   More ▶︎
North Ruth Flat Rock Bivvy

North Ruth Flat Rock Bivvy

Good rock bivvy formed by an overhanging rock cliff located north of Ruth Flat in the East Matukituki. On topo ...   More ▶︎
Rabbit Pass - Wilkin to East Matukituki

Rabbit Pass - Wilkin to East Matukituki

A fair weather route linking the upper Wilkin valley to the head of the East Matukituki. Two dangerous climbs are ...   More ▶︎
Ruth Flat Bivy

Ruth Flat Bivy

Found at the North End of Ruth Flat this bivy provides easy accomodation for those not wanting to carry on ...   More ▶︎
Frosty Morning in the East Matukituki

Frosty Morning in the East Matukituki

Taken from near the rock biv at the top of Ruth Flats looking North towards Rabbit Pass in the clouds.   More ▶︎
Dragonfly slopes

Dragonfly slopes

From a short distance above South AlbertBurn saddle. Whare-Kea Lodge can be seen below in the saddle. Note: The saddle ...   More ▶︎
Olivine Wilderness Area

Olivine Wilderness Area

Remote country in the Olivine Range. The wilderness area includes the Red Hills, the Olivine Ice Plateau, and the Joe ...   More ▶︎
French Ridge

French Ridge

A steep climb to the snowline in the West Matukituki.   More ▶︎
Aspiring - Rees

Aspiring - Rees

Starting at Raspberry Flat, this track passes Mt Aspiring Hut in the West Matukituki Valley and then climbs steeply to ...   More ▶︎
Rabbit Pass is up there

Rabbit Pass is up there

View from the East Branch Matukituki River of the descent from Rabbit Pass   More ▶︎

Matukituki to Paradise by roads less travelled

A rough, tough crossing from Raspberry Flat (Aspiring Road, Wanaka) to the Earnslaw Burn (Glenorchy-Paradise road) via Shotover Saddle, Lochnagar, ...   More ▶︎
Is Aspiring erupting?

Is Aspiring erupting?

The sunset behind Mt.Aspiring provides some interesting effect.   More ▶︎
Mt Aspiring

Mt Aspiring

from Cascade saddle (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Mount Aspiring National Park

Mount Aspiring National Park

The third-largest national park, although most of its space is under-utilised. The Routeburn is the second busiest trail in New ...   More ▶︎
The Quarterdeck Glacier

The Quarterdeck Glacier

Taken from the last rock outcrop at the base of the glacier at around about the 1860m mark, Mt French ...   More ▶︎

The East Matukituki from Rabbit Pass - a video

Shot on my point and shoot digital camera, hopefully gives some idea of the amazing view from this spot!   More ▶︎
The East Matukituki from Rabbit Pass

The East Matukituki from Rabbit Pass

From just past the pass looking South over the valley from some 600 metres above the valley floor.   More ▶︎
Birthplace of Rivers

Birthplace of Rivers

From such humble beginnings does the South branch of the Wilkin start.   More ▶︎
Rabbit Pass

Rabbit Pass

A view of Rabbit Pass from just below the drop off point. In the distant is the route from Waterfall ...   More ▶︎
East Matukituki Cliff Route

East Matukituki Cliff Route

Not a good picture of the route, but the best I have! The descent down starts in the sunny bit ...   More ▶︎
Gloomy Gorge

Gloomy Gorge

An 800 odd metre drop off seperates French Ridge from Gloomy Gorges floor.   More ▶︎
Rabbit Pass from under Lois Peak

Rabbit Pass from under Lois Peak

Looking West along the cliff top towards Rabbit Pass, Pickelhaube and the Beauty Ridge above, the East Matukituki waterfall below.   More ▶︎
East Branch Matukituki visible through the rain

East Branch Matukituki visible through the rain

Demon descent in the conditions   More ▶︎
Mt French

Mt French

Dawn reveals an overnight dusting of snow covers Mt French and the Quarterdeck glacier.   More ▶︎
Descent of the Matukituki Cliff

Descent of the Matukituki Cliff

Taken from the top of the cliff the route zigzags steeply down on the left of frame for about 20m ...   More ▶︎
Rock Formations on French Ridge

Rock Formations on French Ridge

Interesting formations on the way up the ridge to the Quarterdeck glacier.   More ▶︎
View from Pearson Saddle

View from Pearson Saddle

Looking West into the Pearson River valley with a distant glimpse of the Waiatoto valley.   More ▶︎
Rabbit Pass from Pearson Saddle

Rabbit Pass from Pearson Saddle

Looking from a great spot for lunch on the saddle towards the pass.   More ▶︎
Mmmmmm tasty

Mmmmmm tasty

While stopping for a rest on the way back down to the hut a flock of thirteen Keas drop in ...   More ▶︎
French Ridge Hut

French Ridge Hut

This NZAC hut is located on the summer snowline near Mount Aspiring.   More ▶︎
Mount Avalanche

Mount Avalanche

Sunset view from French Ridge Hut   More ▶︎
Mount Avalanche avalanche

Mount Avalanche avalanche

Viewed from the French Ridge Track. Avalanches from here, from Rob Roy Peak, or from peaks across the valley can ...   More ▶︎
Gloomy Gorge

Gloomy Gorge

Viewed from the French Ridge Track, with Mount Avalanche in the background.   More ▶︎
Liverpool Hut

Liverpool Hut

Viewed from the French Ridge Track across the valley   More ▶︎
Head of the Matukituki Valley West Branch

Head of the Matukituki Valley West Branch

Viewed from French Ridge Track.   More ▶︎
West Matukituki valley

West Matukituki valley

Looking up the West Matukituki valley   More ▶︎
Colin Todd Hut

Colin Todd Hut

Perched on the side of Mt Aspiring above the Bonar Glacier, Colin Todd Hut serves as a base for climbers. ...   More ▶︎
French Ridge Hut Reflection

French Ridge Hut Reflection

Reflection of the French Ridge Hut in the tarn on a fine April day.   More ▶︎
French Ridge Hut

French Ridge Hut

This new hut is located on the summer snowline on French Ridge, near the head of the Matukituki Valley West ...   More ▶︎
French Ridge Hut at night

French Ridge Hut at night

210 second exposure @ f / 4.0, 17mm   More ▶︎
Waterfall Face, Wilkin River

Waterfall Face, Wilkin River

Misty rain obscures the infamous Waterfall Face   More ▶︎
Waterfall Flat from above

Waterfall Flat from above

Scungy weather continues to obscure the views, topped by a raging wind....   More ▶︎
French Ridge Track

French Ridge Track

The French Ridge Track features tangled roots, steep gradients, and clambering down rock walls.   More ▶︎
Upper Wilkin South Branch

Upper Wilkin South Branch

Taken from above the Waterfall Face looking South West towards Pickelhaube. Pearson Saddle is the low grassy bit beneath Pickelhaube ...   More ▶︎
Waterfall Flat from ontop of the Waterfall Face

Waterfall Flat from ontop of the Waterfall Face

Having made it to the top you are gifted views such as this.   More ▶︎
Closeup of the Wilkin Waterfall Route

Closeup of the Wilkin Waterfall Route

Hard to get a good angle of this! The route initially goes up the middle of the 2nd to the ...   More ▶︎
The Wilkin Waterfall Face

The Wilkin Waterfall Face

The route to Rabbit Pass climbs up the cliff to the right of the falls.   More ▶︎
Waterfall Flat

Waterfall Flat

Looking over the South branch of the Wilkin towards the Wilkin Waterfall Face and Mt Taurus.   More ▶︎
Tramping in the Wilkin Waterfall valley

Tramping in the Wilkin Waterfall valley

Approaching the dreaded 200m Wilkin Waterfall face, we're dwarfed by the 400m waterfall tumbling off the North slopes of Mt ...   More ▶︎

Scotts Rock Biv

Located at the head of the Matukituki River West Branch, beyond Pearl Flat. The biv is 500m upstream of the upper ...   More ▶︎
Pearl Flat to Scott's Bivvy

Pearl Flat to Scott's Bivvy

A new track has been cut through bush up the true left of the Matukituki river from Pearl Flat to ...   More ▶︎
Scotts Bivvy

Scotts Bivvy

Standing on top of the Bivvy. The head of the valley beyond   More ▶︎
Scotts Bivvy

Scotts Bivvy

The floor was too damp to sit on   More ▶︎
Scotts Bivvy

Scotts Bivvy

A poor shelter for two people. Beware of the resident stream within the bivvy when it rains   More ▶︎
Colin Todd Hut

Colin Todd Hut

This 1996 hut replaced the original, constructed in 1960. It was named after one of the best-known Post-War New Zealand ...   More ▶︎

Route from Pine Creek to Matukituki Valley via Shotover Saddle

(Partial) route from Pine Creek to Matukituki via Shotover Saddle. The cattle track passage in this file is probably very ...   More ▶︎

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