Rees-Dart Track

Rees-Dart Track

Mount / Mt Aspiring National Park


12 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

6 Glenorchy

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Rees Dart Vista
Rees Dart tussock lands


Time: 4 - 5 days

The Rees Dart is quite a strenous walk that's not to be underestimated (see reviews) but the effort and persisant sandflys (take your insect repellent) are well worth it.

Note - The Chinaman's Bluff start point shown on this map is a fair weather access-way. The last part of the road is prone to slips and flood after rain, so you may have to start at Paradise Carpark which will lengthen your walk.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionGlenorchy


  • Walking
  • Free


Julian's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Nice track, good to walk, fantastic views, optional day walk to Cascade Saddle, good campsites at the huts.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Alex's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

I've done a lot of tramping in NZ on formed tracks and unformed routes. The Dart-Rees was possibly the best I've done. Not like the Routebourne or Kepler where fitness is optional, this one you'll definitely dislike without an average level of fitness. So much variety from the valleys to the saddles. Cattle flat just isn't! and the first day in from the Dart end is the least enjoyable. Persevere though and it just keeps getting better. Cascade Saddle is an absolute must do and the view down the Matukituki Valley is breath-taking. Don't bother staying in the huts as there are plenty of spots to put up a tent and the hut fees add up if you're on a budget.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Simon Tanguy


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing track. We met not too many people on the track (2 or 3), so not a lot of tourists. Awesome.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Anna Guzewiez


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful, good track, we can see the rangers look after it and not too hard. Best souvenir in New Zealand!!!

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Daniel Jezak

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Hard track in hard terrain but beautiful scenery. Huts were fine except the 25 Mile Hut.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Francis Runge

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, only did the day hike on the Dart side to Surveyors Flat, was stunning.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Very few tourists, beautiful location and nice views.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Eric Grant

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well worth the hard work. Don't miss the side trip to Cascade Saddle. Would merit 10/10 but for the sandflies.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Cory Wornell

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful scenery. Huts are very warm and inviting and overall are in excellent condition. Trail is marked great. I think the times from point to point are marked a little shorter than actual, but overall its a great track.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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United States

Ranking: 7/10

Huts seemed to be overbooked. Beautiful and not too expensive.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Andy Cameron-Daniels

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Probably one of the most strenuous tramps I have done, 4 days of up and down with the most breathtaking views from valley floor to the saddle.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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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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