Ashburton Lakes & Hakatere Park

Make the most of the outdoors and experience a great range of tramping tracks around Ashburton Lakes and Hakatere Park. Mountain landscapes, braided rivers and New Zealand native wildlife add to the magic of the tracks.

Mt Sunday Track

Walking track

Duration: 1.5km, 30 minutes
Start Location: Hakatere Potts Road

Key Highlights:

  • Mt Sunday, famous as the site of Edoras in the movie Lord of the Rings, offers stunning views of the Rangitata River and surrounding mountains.

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Lake Clearwater Circuit Track

Walking track

Duration: 10.3km, 3 hours
Start Location: Lake Clearwater car park 

Key Highlights:

  • Comfortable walk for all the family
  • Keep a look out for the Australasian crested grebe, a waterbird that never comes on land and a special plant Carex secta.
  • Picnic areas available

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Lake Emily to Manuka Hut

Tramping track

Duration: 4.5km, 1 hours 30 minutes
Start Location: Turn right just before crossing Jacobs Stream Bridge at Castleridge Station.

Key Highlights:

  • Manuka Hut (basic 6 bunks) is a great place to take the family.
  • A small stream near the hut is a fun place to play.
  • The New Zealand falcon nest in the area.

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Lake Emma to Lake Camp

Tramping track

Duration: 9km, 3 hours
Start Location: Access off Hakatere Potts Road

Key Highlights: 

  • Walk to the historic Lake Emma Hut, overnight stays are not permitted but a great stopping place for a picnic.

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Lake Hill Track

Tramping track

Duration: 1.5km, 45 minutes
Start Location: Lake Heron car park

Key Highlights:

  • Beautiful scenery of the surrounding mountain landscape
  • See the affects of past glaciers

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Lake Heron to Double Hut

Tramping track

Duration: 10km, 3 hours
Start Location: Lake Heron car park

Key Highlights: 

  • An old musterers' hut, Double Hut (6 bunk basic) makes a good base for exploring the area including climbing Mt Taylor.

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Lake Emily to Stour Bridge

Tramping track

Duration: 15km, 5 hours
Start Location: Stour Bridge car park

Key Highlights:

  • The track follows the Stour River, which is carving its way through rhyolite bedrock, the rhyolite makes a rich soil which supports a wide range of plants.

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Mt Barossa Summit Track

Tramping track

Duration: 3.5km, 2 hours 30 minutes
Start Location: Ashburton Gorge Road

Key Highlights:

  • An easily obtainable peak with good views out across the Hakatere Conservation Park and on a clear day to Aoraki Mount Cook.

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Mt Potts Easement Track

Tramping track

Duration: 1.5km, 30 minutes
Start Location: Hakatere Potts Road

Key Highlights:

  • You will need your tramping boots to head up the Mt Potts easement track, after the easement there is no marked route to this high peak (2,184m). The view is worth the effort!

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Potts River car park to Mystery Lake Link Track

Tramping track

Duration: 9.2km, 4 hours
Start Location: Potts River car park

Key Highlights:

  • This area is fascinating, with steep roche moutonnees, jumbled scree and large Hall's totara.

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