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Shotover Saddle

Shotover stopover

Shotover stopover

Stopping short of descending to the West Matukituki and camping with sandflies on the valley floor we spent the last ...   More ▶︎
Shotover saddle tarn over the West Matukituki

Shotover saddle tarn over the West Matukituki

With the Rob Roy glacier directly across the valley we're looking down valley toward Cameron corner where the East and ...   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 ▶︎
Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley

Lochnagar/Shotover Saddle/Matukituki Valley

An alpine crossing of a saddle between 2 major river valleys. Usually done as part of a circuit of saddle ...   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 ▶︎
route from Snowy Creek to Lochnagar via Shotover Saddle

route from Snowy Creek to Lochnagar via Shotover Saddle

Hand drawn route of above   More ▶︎
West Matukituki valley

West Matukituki valley

Looking up the West Matukituki valley   More ▶︎
Mt Tyndall

Mt Tyndall

from Cascade Saddle, looking south-east across Heads Leap to Mt Tyndall (2496m) (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Cascade hut

Cascade hut

Cascade hut in the West Matukituki valley, about 10km from the carpart, only about 1.5km short of Aspiring hut.   More ▶︎

Cascade hut

Cascade hut in the West Matukituki valley, about 10km from the carpart, only about 1.5km short of Aspiring hut.   More ▶︎
Cascade hut

Cascade hut

Cascade hut in the West Matukituki valley, about 10km from the carpart, only about 1.5km short of Aspiring hut.   More ▶︎
Approaching Mt Tyndall

Approaching Mt Tyndall

Mt Tyndall (2,496m) sits above the Isobel Glacier south of Cascade Saddle.   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 ▶︎
Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek - viewed from saddle 1950 on the way over from Lochnagar Hut   More ▶︎
Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek - viewed from saddle 1950 on the way over from Lochnagar Hut   More ▶︎
Upper Shotover

Upper Shotover

Shotover valley from the spur between Tummel Burn and Tyndall Creek.   More ▶︎
Lower Matukituki

Lower Matukituki

Taken from the Cascade Saddle route a short distance below the Pylon looking downvalley towards the carpark at Raspberry Flat. ...   More ▶︎
West Matukituki valley

West Matukituki valley

Taken from the Cascade Saddle route not far below the Pylon, looking up valley towards Mt Aspiring which towers above ...   More ▶︎
Glengyle Peak

Glengyle Peak

Taken from below the Pylon on the Cascade Saddle route looking across the West matukituki towards Glengyle. If you look ...   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 ▶︎
French Ridge

French Ridge

A steep climb to the snowline in the West Matukituki.   More ▶︎
Tummel Burn Hut

Tummel Burn Hut

Low 3 person unbunked private hut with open fire. 3 mattresses present (2009). Water supply from Tummel Burn 20m distant. ...   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle Camp

Cascade Saddle Camp

Nice campsite where the Cascade Saddle track crosses the top of Cascade Creek, with Mt Aspiring visible over the ridge. ...   More ▶︎
Aspiring Hut

Aspiring Hut

This historic hut in the West Matukituki Valley was constructed of local schist, and opened at Easter 1949. Situated immediately ...   More ▶︎
Aspiring Hut

Aspiring Hut

This 1949 hut is constructed from local schist.   More ▶︎
Mount Aspiring

Mount Aspiring

Peering over the shoulder of Rob Roy Peak, late afternoon, Aspiring Hut.   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle Route from Aspiring Hut

Cascade Saddle Route from Aspiring Hut

The route does not actually cross the saddle, but follows the rugged spur in the top centre of this photograph, ...   More ▶︎
from Cascade Saddle

from Cascade Saddle

looking to the SE from Cascade Saddle, across Heads Leap to Cascade Falls   More ▶︎
Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek

Looking down Snowy Creek to Rees Saddle   More ▶︎
Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek

Snowy Creek - viewed from saddle 1950 on the way over from Lochnagar Hut   More ▶︎
The spur between Snowy Ck and Pine Ck basin - Lochnagar route

The spur between Snowy Ck and Pine Ck basin - Lochnagar route

The book at Tummel Burn hut in the upper Shotover would have you believe nine out of ten people descend ...   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Looking down at the Saddle from above Heads Leap. A 500 metre cliff drops off to the Cascade creek floor ...   More ▶︎
Dart Glacier

Dart Glacier

Located right beside the Cascade Saddle, a climb to the saddle allows you a view of the intier length of ...   More ▶︎
Pine Creek

Pine Creek

Upper basin of Pine Creek, crossing to Snowy from Lochnagar   More ▶︎
The upper basin of Pine Creek. Mt.Aspiring NP NZ

The upper basin of Pine Creek. Mt.Aspiring NP NZ

After crossing over the pass from Snowy Ck, it was thought we'd get a break from the wind. Fortunately we ...   More ▶︎
The mind of a mischief at work

The mind of a mischief at work

Kea show their usual boundless curiosity in Pine Ck basin.   More ▶︎
Have we met?

Have we met?

This may well be the same group that visit us on Shotover Saddle the night after next. The ones who ...   More ▶︎
Frozen South Island Edelweiss

Frozen South Island Edelweiss

Leucogenes grandiceps (thanks john dutchie) on Cascade Saddle, above the Dart Glacier (April 2009)   More ▶︎
Dart Valley from Cascade Saddle

Dart Valley from Cascade Saddle

This is inspiring country (April 2009)   More ▶︎

Cascade Saddle Route

2.5 Day traverse from Wanaka to Glenorchy   More ▶︎
Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Cascade Saddle

Alpine crossing linking the valleys of the West Matukituki and the Dart Rivers.   More ▶︎
My wife crossing the schist slab below the Pylon

My wife crossing the schist slab below the Pylon

Being relatively new to this we found croosing the schist slab below the Pylon fairly tricky. The "track" was a ...   More ▶︎
West Matukituki Valley

West Matukituki Valley

Looking down into valley   More ▶︎
Dart/Lochnagar

Dart/Lochnagar

10 hour trip from Dart Hut to Lochnagar via Snowy Saddle   More ▶︎
Shovel Flat in the West Matukituki

Shovel Flat in the West Matukituki

A beutiful spot with heaps of great camping sites, French Ridge is the major ridge descending to the valley floor ...   More ▶︎
Standing above Lochnagar (Goat Lake) - Mt.Aspiring NP

Standing above Lochnagar (Goat Lake) - Mt.Aspiring NP

No snow in March 2010 on the south facing slopes to the north of Lochnagar. Taken from the col between ...   More ▶︎
A meeting with the water.

A meeting with the water.

Providing a different perspective to show the scale of things. Still a couple of hundred metres above the lake. Lochnagar ...   More ▶︎
Descending to Lochnagar Hut

Descending to Lochnagar Hut

Standing above the lake to its north. Showing the outlet which becomes sub-terranian. This spur leads down from Pt.1865 which ...   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 ▶︎
Overnight beside Snowy Ck. - Mt.Aspiring NP NZ

Overnight beside Snowy Ck. - Mt.Aspiring NP NZ

Looking upstream on Snowy Ck. after crossing Rees saddle. Around the corner is a broad spur giving access to a ...   More ▶︎
The sun is always brighter on the other side

The sun is always brighter on the other side

That's the last we'll see of the sun tonight. The Rees valley continues to be flooded with rays. Rees Saddle from ...   More ▶︎
Family on Dart Glacier, 2001

Family on Dart Glacier, 2001

Helen and the boys (then 14 and 11) on Dart Glacier (Rees/Dart tramp).   More ▶︎
Lochnagar Hut

Lochnagar Hut

Old style musterers hut yet rebuilt in 1990. Painted corrugated iron half buried in earth with a partial schist slabbed ...   More ▶︎
Lochnagar Hut

Lochnagar Hut

Lochnagar Hut   More ▶︎
French Ridge Track

French Ridge Track

The French Ridge Track features tangled roots, steep gradients, and clambering down rock walls.   More ▶︎
Lochnagar Hut

Lochnagar Hut

A hut was built here at Lochnagar in 1982. It was burnt down in 1988. As part of the 150th ...   More ▶︎
Rees Saddle

Rees Saddle

This picture was take at the top of the rees saddle looking down towards the rees vally in december 2006   More ▶︎
Rees Saddle from near Cleft Peak

Rees Saddle from near Cleft Peak

Rees Saddle from near Cleft Peak; Snowy Creek to the right, & the Rees to the left.   More ▶︎
Rees-Dart Track

Rees-Dart Track

Alpine circuit along two river valleys at the head of Lake Wakatipu.   More ▶︎