Pukaki Flats track

Pukaki Flats track

Mackenzie Basin


Time: 2 hr 30 min (to Pukaki River return) Distance: 10 km

The Pukaki Flats area is 1.5 km north of Twizel on the east side of SH 8. As its name suggests the Pukaki Flats walk is very flat, through an open block of short tussock grasslands. An old 4WD track follows a fence line and leads northeast to the Pukaki River. This route forms part of the Te Araroa trail (Long Pathway) from Twizel to Tekapo. Two tracks lead off the main 4WD track – a telegraph pole track and a track with old water reservoirs along it. Both these tracks head to the northern boundary of the Pukaki Flats area and an access point back to SH 8.

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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