East Matukituki Valley tracks

Mount / Mt Aspiring National Park

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Time: 1.5 hr - 2.5 depending on track taken

The main track up the East Branch of the Matukituki River provides several options. It connects with a side track to the Glacier Burn, and continues up the river to Junction Flat. From that flat there's a side route to the Kitchener Valley and Rock of Ages Biv. There is also the option of the route up the true left of the river's East Branch to Ruth Flat and a traverse over the range to the Wilkin Valley. This should only be attemped by experienced parties.The grassy river flats are leasehold farm land. Please respect this and do not disturb the stock.

Cameron Flat to Glacier Burn-Time: 2 hr
Ford the Matukituki River at Cameron Flat. If the river is high use the Otago Boys High Bridge, one hour upstream on the river's West Branch. Beyond the old Mount Aspiring Station homestead the track passes through beech forest, climbs to a saddle and descends to the Glacier Burn. The track leads up the burn's true right, before the bridge, There are spectacular bluffs and waterfalls at the head of the valley, though there is no formed track beyond the river.

Cameron Flat to Junction Flat-Time: 2.5 hr
After reaching and crossing the Glacier Burn the track runs parallel to the East Branch to reach Junction Flat and the Kitchener River.

Junction Flat to Rock of Ages Biv
The head of the Kitchener Valley-Time: 1.5 hr
This is classified as a route. It follows the true right of the Kitchener River and climbs an old slip and passes through beech forest to the top of the gorge. There are spectacular views of the Kitchener Cirque from Aspiring Flat. The Rock of Ages rock biv is 30 minutes past Aspiring Flat, 20 metres above the flats and in bush near the head of the flats.

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Sapir Lifshitz

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing track with amazing view. We slept in the French ridge hut.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jitka Zenahlikova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place, mountains, tracks, not so many people.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Veronica and Jordi

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Very easy walk through a wonderful valley, you meet few people. From there you have many options, day walks, long tracks or just go back the same day.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Peter Kent

England

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk (3hrs return), an easier alternative to Rob Roy and not so far on an unmetalled road.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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GraceB

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Mostly flat so easy walking but quite long - worth it for the scenery at far end of valley. Need a whole summer's day.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009

5 reviews with the most recent first

Sapir Lifshitz's avatar

Sapir Lifshitz

Israel

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing track with amazing view. We slept in the French ridge hut.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jitka Zenahlikova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place, mountains, tracks, not so many people.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Veronica and Jordi

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Very easy walk through a wonderful valley, you meet few people. From there you have many options, day walks, long tracks or just go back the same day.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

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Peter Kent

England

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk (3hrs return), an easier alternative to Rob Roy and not so far on an unmetalled road.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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GraceB

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Mostly flat so easy walking but quite long - worth it for the scenery at far end of valley. Need a whole summer's day.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in March 2009