Tracks

Hakatere Conservation Park

Te Araroa Trail
Te Araroa Trail
Track 95 days. Medium. One way.
Te Araroa is a walking trail running the entire length of the North and South Islands. The trail opened 3 December 2011.
Mount Somers Track
Mount Somers Track
Track 2 days. Easy/medium. One way.
Leading around the back of Mount Somers, an ancient volcano, this track explores a fascinating landscape with handsome grasslands and sweeping views.
Mystery Lake Track
Mystery Lake Track
Track 1 – 2 days. Easy. Loop track.
Circuit track to a small tarn in the Ashburton Lakes.
Mount Somers Summit Track
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
The quicker, steeper route to the summit, from Sharplin Falls.
Mt Barrosa
Mt Barrosa
Track 1 day. Medium. Return by the same track.
A volcanic summit (1364m) in the Clent Hills with sweeping views across the Ashburton Lakes basin.
Mt Somers Track (South Face)
Mt Somers Track (South Face)
Track 1 day. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
Woolshed Creek Hut - Rhyolite Ridge Track junction (4 km) Time: 2 hr. The route takes in dynamic scenery with regenerating mountain beech forest within a vaulted landscape of waterfalls, deep, icy ...
Steepface Hill
Steepface Hill
Track 1 day. Medium. Return by the same track.
A vigorous climb to a summit on the Mount Hutt Range. Spectacular views across the Rakaia River, Lake Coleridge, and beyond.
Pudding Hill Stream Route
Pudding Hill Stream Route
Track 1 day. Medium. One way.
Unmarked route along Pudding Hill Stream in Mount Hutt Forest. Combine this route with the Scotts Saddle Track for an interesting circuit.
Mount Somers summit (from Woolshed Creek)
Mount Somers summit (from Woolshed Creek)
Track 2 days. Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
A gentle climb over untracked tussock land to this easy summit.
Manuka Hut via Lake Emily
Manuka Hut via Lake Emily
Track Easy. Return by the same track.
A short walk to a hut at the foot of the Mount Somers Range.
Lake Emma to Lake Camp
Lake Emma to Lake Camp
Track Easy. Loop track with a road section.
Easy day walk across flat country, visiting an historic hut.
Scotts Saddle Track
Scotts Saddle Track
Track Easy/medium. Return by the same track.
A short climb from the Awa Awa Rata Reserve to Scotts Saddle on the Mt Hutt Skifield road.
Lake Hill Track
Lake Hill Track
Track Easy. Return by the same track.
A short walk to a modest hill with grand views over Lake Heron.
Alder Track / Ridge Track / Scotts Saddle Track circuit
Alder Track / Ridge Track / Scotts Saddle Track circuit
Track Easy/medium. Loop track.
A loop track in forest at the foot of Mount Hutt. Several variations are available.
Kettle Hole Walk
Kettle Hole Walk
Track Easy. Return by the same track.
A short walk to a small ephemeral pond.

Track grades

Easy
Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Easy-medium
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Medium
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Medium-hard
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Hard
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.