Otago region

View from Key Summit, Routeburn Track, Mount Aspiring National Park.

View of Mount Aspiring National Park from Key Summit on the Routeburn Track

Otago region map.

Mount Aspiring National Park (established in 1964) is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker's paradise and a must for mountaineers. The views are endless and unforgettable.

  • NZ's third largest national park (355,543 hectares)
  • part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area 
  • Mt. Aspiring was first climbed in 1909 by Major Bernard Head 
  • 59 bird species have been recorded (45 native and 14 introduced) 
  • Over 400 species of moths and butterflies exist 
  • The three largest of 100 glaciers in the region flank Mt. Aspiring itself 
  • Nearly all the landforms in the park have been formed by intense glaciation 

Alert/Important notice

 There is a potential risk to trampers and anglers in the Young Valley

Potential risks

The landslip dam that formed in the North Branch of the Young Valley in September 2007 still poses a potential risk to trampers. It is recommended that the valley be avoided in periods of heavy rain.


Mt Aspiring National Park straddles the southern end of the Southern Alps. The closest towns are Wanaka, Makarora, Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau.

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Safety information

Always contact the nearest visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions.

Alerts for Mount Aspiring National Park


Central Otago Office
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
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Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 750 0809
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
South Westland
Email:   haastvc@doc.govt.nz
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Makarora Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 8365
Address:   Haast Pass Highway
State Hwy 6
Email:   makaroravc@doc.govt.nz
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Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 442 7935
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details