Dusky Trail track

Dusky Trail track

Ruataniwha Conservation Park, Mackenzie Basin


Distance: 23 km

This circuit trail starts at Fraser Stream and travels along the valley floor underneath Ben Ohau Range and descends from Gladstone valley out to the Aoraki/Mt Cook Highway.

Note: this track is used by mountain-bikers and horse-riders as well as walkers.

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.

All of the walking tracks described here are easy to access from main roads, and offer fantastic views of the Mackenzie high country.

Some of these walks include easements through private farmland. Please respect the landowners’ rights by keeping to the marked easements. These are well-signposted and marked by orange poles. Please ensure all public access gates for walkers are closed.


Feature Value Info


South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel


  • Walking
  • Free



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