Cascade Saddle Route

Cascade Saddle Route - Matukituki

Cascade Saddle Route



9 Rankers Reviews

8 Face-to-Face

13 Walking

2 Wanaka Township

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A bit of lunging along the Cascade Saddle Track


Time: 2 days, Distance: Approx. 60 km

The Cascade Saddle is a challenging alpine route suitable for fit walkers over the warmer summer months.


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DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandWanaka RegionWanaka Township


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  • Free


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Florian Baum


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome glaciers, great views - especially from the Cascade Saddle (one of my favourite places in New Zealand!).

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Regina Baum


Ranking: 10/10

A lot of variation, fantastic views from the saddle, not too crowded.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Sarah Jane O'Reilly


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful sight at the top.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely must do this if you're doing the Dart Rees. The view is incredible and it's not all that challenging to get there. The Pylon is a good bit further but also worth doing if you've got the time

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Tobias Sowade


Ranking: 10/10

Six hour track one way. Very steep (dangerous if wet!!), but worth it. Especially if you go up to see the sunset, camp and see the sunrise on top of Mt Pylon. Perfect track if you are looking for some Edelweiss.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Martin Guillaume


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful, really steep.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Boi Sagarra


Ranking: 9/10

Huge mountains, glaciers, valleys...enormous!!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ranking: 10/10

Not very easy but worth the climb, the view is breathtaking.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Spectacular scenery, so the steep and hard climb (1300m) is well rewarded!

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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