Greenstone & Caples Tracks

Greenstone & Caples Tracks

Fiordland National Park


23 Rankers Reviews

22 Face-to-Face

12 Glenorchy

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Time: 4 - 5 days

The Greenstone Valley is a wide, open valley with tussock flats and beech forest. In comparison, the Caples Valley is a narrower valley filled with forest interspersed with grassy clearings. Either of these tracks can be linked with the Routeburn Track, or they can be walked as a one way track starting or finishing either at the Divide or the Greenstone Shelter.

The grassy river flats of the Caples and Greenstone Valleys are private farmland. Please respect this, and stay on the tracks which follow the forest edge. Do not disturb stock.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionGlenorchy


  • Walking
  • Free


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Ranking: 8/10

Greenstone track was a little non eventful in comparison to the Routeburn.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Michele Firm

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Pleasant tramp through beautiful forest. Amazing huts! The scenery was good, but there are more spectacular places throughout New Zealand.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2017

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Czech Republic

Ranking: 9/10

Nice easy walk.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Samantha Heim

United States

Ranking: 8/10

This was a cosy little back country hut. Very clean and enough space for all 18 people. But the hut warden was not very friendly.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Ranking: 9/10

The way to the carpark is difficult because of three creeks. Two are so deep you can hardly cross with a normal car. The DOC did not tell us anything about that! The walk is nice but almost completely in the valley.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Robin Brandl


Ranking: 10/10

My favourite walk so far! The scenery is absolutely amazing. Nice mixture of forest, grass fields, huge areas and a river that flows between beautiful mountains.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

I did this track for the second time. First time (5 years ago) it was quite hard because it rained a lot and the track was not well prepared. But still a nice walk. Second time we had really good weather, huts and tracks are improved and in really good condition - I recommend it. Only the road from Kinloch to the Greenstone carpark should be improved after five years You still have to cross two deep water creeks with the car!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Feli and Karsten


Ranking: 9/10

Very beautiful track alternative to Routeburn, less people and less expensive, very diverse scenery. Open land, valleys, rivers, alpine saddle to cross, snowy mountains, forest, walks over stones, roots, bridges. Downsides were the sandflies, and very long day with distances travelled.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Beau Corazon


Ranking: 7/10

Variating beautiful nature, lush forests, open fields, mountains. The walks between the huts are rather long, so start early. The track had quite a few parts drenched in mud or swamps. The huts were great.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Tarillon Family


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing landscape. Enjoyable to follow the river during all the track. Free campsite!!!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Moritz Lepple


Ranking: 8/10

A really nice track.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Alex's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Pretty ho hum. Don't really get out of the bush. Can be pretty unpleasant in the rain. The side creeks are a little more interesting but still not really something to write home about. Many better tracks in the area. The only reason to do this track is to get up to Fraser pass and exit the Routeburn. This is well worth doing but a good bit more challenging

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Carolin Kettler


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice two day track!! Beautiful views of valleys and mountains along the way.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Cymen Crick