GLENORCHY DAY WALKS


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Day walks below range in time taken and fitness ability.

Diamond Creek
Double Barrel Creek
Earnslaw Burn
Glacier Burn
Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway
Invincible Mine
Kea Basin and Mount Earnslaw
Relics at Invincible MineLake Rere
Lake Sylvan
Mt Alfred
Paradise
Routeburn Day Walk
Scotts Creek Track
Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track
Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track

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Diamond Creek, 20 minutes one way
From Glenorchy on the Routeburn Road you can follow Diamond Creek up to Reid Lake. This track is sometimes boggy as it is one of Glenorchy's wet lands allowing great viewing of birdlife and magnificent mountain views of Paradise and the Dart Valley. Excellent fishing.

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Double BarrelDouble Barrel Creek, 30 minutes one way
This easy short walk from the Routeburn Shelter will take you through a tall red beach forest overlooking Sugarloaf Pass, the cirqued rock face of Momus, and Bridal Veil Falls cascading from the hanging valley.

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Earnslaw Burn, 4 -6 hours one way
This tramping track can be made in one day or camp overnight.

The Earnslaw Burn is on the left as you follow the Paradise Road. By following the Earnslaw Burn through bush to the tussock basin at the head of this valley, you will gain impressive views of the icefall on Mt Earnslaw. An overhanging rock just within the forest on the true right (looking downstream) of Earnslaw Burn can be used for shelter.

This track is mostly unformed and can be tricky to find in places. The bivvy river crossing is dangerous in heavy rain. It is suitable for people with moderate to high levels of backcountry skill and experience including navigation and survival.

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Glacier Burn, 2 -4 hours one way
A well signed tramping track from the Kinloch Road.

Follow the creek until the marker shows where to cross to the true left (looking downstream) and start climbing through beech forest. You can see old saw-milling sign lines near the start of the track. After two hours you will be in Glacier Basin. You can follow the creek further up to view the Humboldt Mountains.
This challenging day walk or overnight camping trip is a great opportunity to take photos and view native bird life.
NOTE: Do not go above the bush line in winter and spring, as the area is prone to avalanches.

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Diamond Creek and Mt EarnslawGlenorchy Lagoon Walkway, 1 hour loop track
From the Glenorchy waterfront this gentle, well formed track follows the flood bank around the Rees River and Lagoon Creek and back through the Glenorchy Golf Cource.

A great place for a picnics with strategically placed tables and benches overlooking views of Mt Earnslaw. Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway offers excellent opportunities to view bird life, including black swans, paradise ducks and Canada Geese as the boardwalk traverses wetlands near Glenorchy.

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Invincible Mine, 3 hours return
From the Rees Road this well formed historic walking track is for people with moderate fitness and abilities

Part of the Otago Goldfields Park, the walk gradually works its way up giving you wonderful views of the Rees Valley and Mt Earnslaw.

Remains of the water wheel and a unique set of seven berdans - large, revolving cast iron bowls in which the ore was ground - are also visible. Miners built the track in the early 1880s.

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Walk to Lake ReidKea Basin and Mount Earnslaw, 4 -5 hour hike one way or Multi Day
From Muddy Creek in the Rees Valley follow the vehicle track and marker poles across the grassy flats beyond Arthurs Creek. Once at Twenty Five Mile the track to Kea Basin and Mount Earnslaw starts approximately opposite to the hut on the other side of the river and north of Lennox Falls.

It takes half a day to climb to this beautiful sub-alpine tussock basin beneath Mt Earnslaw. The zigzag track starts on the low terrace north of Lennox Falls, where the bush edge meets the terrace. Half way up, Earnslaw Hut * and there's a rock bivvy just above the bush-line. Views up the Rees Valley towards Rees Saddle are stunning.

* Earnslaw Hut is a very basic shelter with 4 bunks and heating. There is no charge or hut ticket required to stay here.
NOTE: Be careful crossing the Rees River and its tributaries, as they become dangerously swift when high. River crossing experience essential.

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Invincible Mine WalkLake Rere, 4 -6 hours Loop track clockwise
In the late 1800's Lake Rere was a popular destination for steamer excursions, and the steam ship would stop at the Elfin Bay wharf while the tourists walked to the lake.

From the Greenstone car park cross the bridge and follow the marked route across Greenstone Station's open paddocks for an hour to Elfin Bay. An initially steep climb through red beech eases before reaching picturesque Lake Rere. Pockets of mountain beech and grassland lead you to a second bridge and a brief climb to join the Greenstone Track. The Greenstone Station was used for scenes in the Lord of the Rings – Return of the Kings.
NOTE: Beware of unbridged stream crossings in heavy rain.

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Lake Sylvan Track, 40 mins to Lake Sylvan
Situated left before the Routeburn Shelter Hut this well-defined gentle track leads through an old moraine river terraces and giant red beech trees to Lake Sylvan. This Lake is an excellent fishing spot with brown trout and numerous small native fish. (Link to Fishing). Returning via the 1920s tramline loop, you can compare regenerating beech in this area to the untouched forest that you walk through on the way in. This area is part of an Operation Ark site where DOC staff are working to protect the endangered yellowhead/mohua.
NOTE: Tramline loop includes a river crossing.
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Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track, 8 hours one way
You can start this walk at either end by starting at the Routeburn car park or start from The Lake Sylvan Track connects onto the Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track. Designed for people with moderate to high levels of backcountry skills and experience.

The marked track traverses moraine through beech forest from Lake Sylvan. The Rockburn hut is nestled in the forest, with a chasm, river beaches, pools and views of the Rockburn and Routeburn Valleys. The descent to the Routeburn Track is steep.

The Rockburn Hut / McIntyres Hut is basic with 4 bunks, mattresses and heating. There is no charge or hut tickets required.

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Black Swan on Glenorchy LagoonMt Alfred, 3 -4 hours one way.
A pleasant day can be spent walking up this mountain. The approach is on the Western (Dart) side of the peak - look for a carpark on the right hand side of the road. A good zigzag track climbs three quarters of the way. After this, a marked route can be followed as far as the bushline.
NOTE: You will need permission from Earnslaw Station to complete the upper part of Mt Alfred, from the bushline to the top. This section of the track is steep, exposed and is to be taken at your own risk. This track is not recommended for young children and you should have a good level of fitness and backcountry skill and experience.

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Paradise, 30 mins - All Day. Hut accommodation is available on request.
There are approximately 4 km of wheelchair accessible tracks at the Paradise Property, part of the Paradise Trust established by David Miller in 1998. From the Paradise Road in the Dart Valley take the left past the Arcadia House. Care must be taken not to disturb people staying in the huts on this 300 acre area and a donations will be gratefully received to help with the up keep of the tracks in order to make this property accessible for everyone of all abilities.
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Routeburn WalkRouteburn Day Walk
From the Routeburn Shelter Hut, take this popular day walk up to Routeburn Flats Hut, or if you feel you would like more of a challenge then the extra 3 km onwards to the Routeburn Falls waterfall is well worth a visit.
The Routeburn Track is listed as one of New Zealand’s Great Walks and is rich in native flora and birdlife. To find out more about guided walking tours in the Routeburn
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Scotts Creek Track, 8 hour one way
This track is suitable for people with moderate to high level backcountry skills and experience. Situated north of Glenorchy and signposted near the Scott Creek bridge left on the Routeburn/Kinloch Road.
This route to a bushline musterers hut is irregularly marked, steep and in parts obscure and washed out. In some places, you must follow the creek bed. You can access Kay Creek, which leads to the Caples Valley from the old musterers hut.
WARNING: This track is irregularly marked and requires river crossings, which can be dangerous during high rainfall. You can be bluffed out at the saddle in poor visibility. Not recommended for children, route finding skills essential.
Scotts Basin hut is very basic and in poor condition. It has 4 bunks and heating. No charges or hut tickets are required.

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Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track, Few minutes - All Day
Twelve miles (18km) out of Queenstown on the Glenorchy Road is Twelve Mile Delta Camping and Picnic Area. Budding geologists will delight in the ancient marine sediments to be found between Bob’s Cove – Picnic Point and Twelve Mile Creek. Fossils of oyster shells, other molluscs and algae can be found at Farry’s Beach. Keep an eye out for summer’s red rata flowers amount the lakeshore Pittosporum and the large white flowered native clematis in spring. Scenes from the movieLord of the Rings – The Two Towers were filmed here.

Multi Day walks
Safety on walks

Arawhata Bridle Track
Diamond Creek
Double Barrel Creek
Earnslaw Burn
Glacier Burn
Glenorchy Lagoon Walkway
Invincible Mine
Kea Basin and Mount Earnslaw
Lake Rere
Lake Sylvan
Mt Alfred
Paradise
Routeburn Day Walk
Scotts Creek Track
Sugarloaf / Rockburn Track
Twelve Mile Delta to Bob's Cove Track


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Invincible Mine Walk Rees ValleySun Rise on Glenorchy LagoonDucks on Lake ReidDiamond Lake Bridge