Hakatere Conservation Park

Hakatere Conservation Park covers nearly 60,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussocklands, beech forest and sparkling clear rivers and lakes between two mighty rivers the Rakaia and Rangitata.

The headwaters of both rivers are notable landscapes, including the upper Rangitata which featured in the Lord of the Rings films (Mount Sunday was a location for Edoras). Other distinctive features are kettleholes (depressions), found largely in the eastern South Island high country.

 The park has the potential to grow to become the largest conservation park in New Zealand.

 

ABOUT THE WALKWAYS

The popular 2-3 day sub-alpine Mt Somers Track, an easy tramping track, falls within the park.

Scattered throughout the park are a number of huts and bivouacs, most of which are accessed via unmarked routes following riverbeds. The upper Rakaia huts have a high level route (Glenfalloch Route) marked by poles. This route can be used when weather conditions and high rivers make riverbed travel impossible.

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Lake Emily

There is four-wheel-drive access from Hakatere Heron Road, just south of Castleridge Station, to public conservation land near Lake Emily (3 km). It is not surfaced and is unsuitable for winter use. Vehicles can be parked on the first section of the access road. Note: Do not block access into paddocks or Castle Ridge Station.

Lake Emily to Manuka Hut Duration: 4.5km, 1 hours 30 minutes
Lake Emily to Stour Brigde: 165km, 5 hrs

Manuka Hut (basic 6 bunks) is a great place to take the family. There is a small stream near the hut is a fun place to play and The New Zealand falcon nest in the area.

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Stour River

A car park on Ashburton Gorge Road at the Stour River bridge is at the start of a track up the river to the public conservation land (3 km). The track gives easy access to Lake Emily (15 km) or to Manuka Hut (17 km).

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Mt Barossa access

This easily obtainable peak gives good views out  across the Conservation Park and even to Aoraki/Mount Cook. A small car park on Ashburton Gorge Road, about 500 m east of Blowing Point Bridge, gives access to public conservation land after a walk of 780 m.

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Mt Sunday Walk

Mount Sunday is a stunning site, with expansive views  of the Rangitata River and the surrounding mountains. Carved by glaciers, this hill got its name because boundary riders from the high-country stations would  meet here on Sundays. More recently it was the film site for Edoras in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Interpretation panels explain the importance of our remaining ‘stars’—our native fish and quinnat salmon.In contrast to Mount Sunday, get your tramping boots on and head up the Mount Potts easement track to climb Mount Potts—after the easement, there is no marked route to this high peak (2184 m)

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Lake Camp - Lake Emma Walk

Walk or mountain bike to the historic Lake Emma Hut (overnight stays are not allowed) and then on to Lake Camp (Ōtautari). The two-room hut at Lake Emma, with its tack shed and verandah, was built between the late 1860s and 1890. It sits by the lake shore and is a lovely spot for a breather or lunch.
During the summer, there is weather-dependent 4WD  access to Lake Emma Hut; this makes it easier for picnicking, fishing or those who are less mobile.A boat launching site at the northern end of the lake makes exploring the lake by kayak very easy.

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Lake Clearwater Loop

Once at Clearwater village, head down to Lake Clearwater (Te Puna a Taka)—either drive through the 
campground to its west side or start from the car park at the picnic tables above the lake.
There are lots of possibilities here; this lake is well known for its fishing, wind surfing and ice skating. A 
track (open during the summer to 4WD vehicles) runs from the village to the lake outlet and then continues along the northern side. Walk or mountain bike around the lake shore, climb Mount Guy for fantastic views or have a quiet lunch at the lake outlet.You’ll find information about Australasian crested 
grebe/kāmana (a waterbird that never comes onto the land) and a special plant, the Carex secta/pūkio, at the campground and lake inlet. Lake Clearwater circuit track 10.3 km, 3 hr (track 5)Lake Clearwater to Mount Guy summit 4.3 km, 2 hr 30 min (track 7)

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Boundary Creek

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Lake Heron Hill Walk

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Mt Potts Easement

In contrast to Mount Sunday, get your tramping boots on and head up the Mount Potts easement track to 
climb Mount Potts—after the easement, there is no marked route to this high peak (2184 m).

Mount Potts easement track 1.5 km, 30 min 

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Mystery Lake Link Track

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Lake Heron to Harrisons Bight

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Double Hut To Manuka Hut

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Swinn River Lake Heron

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Potts Hut Track

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