Mackenzie Basin routes

Mackenzie Basin routes

Ruataniwha Conservation Park - Parsons Creek / Freehold Creek bush line to Dumb-bell Lake


Time: 3 hr

This poled route is marked on the eastern side of the main divide to Brodrick Pass. An unmarked route accesses the Landsborough via McKenzie Creek. It is also possible to cross from the South Huxley valley into the Ahuriri and South Temple valleys.

Temple Valley

For a circular tramping trip, travel up North Temple valley and then ascend a steep narrow rocky gut to ‘Gunsight Pass’ before descending into South Temple valley.

Temple valley is signposted off Lake Ohau Road. A short road leads into the Temple valley amenity area which contains a shelter, toilets and camping area.

Getting there

The Mackenzie Basin is situated in the centre of New Zealand's South Island. It features mountains, lakes, rivers, beech forest remnants and rolling tussock country.

Most of the routes mentioned here are relatively easy to access and take the tramper into some wonderful high country.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Walking
  • Free


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