Ahuriri River
Image: Shellie Evans ©

Introduction

This track follows the Ahuriri River. Three huts on route provide several options.

Track overview

14.5 km

Walking and tramping

6 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Other activities

  • Horse riding

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track

Description

Birchwood Road end to Shamrock Hut

Time: 2 hr one way
Distance: 4 km

The track to Shamrock Hut is generally well-formed but you will need to cross Canyon Creek on the way. There may be the odd washed-out ford to negotiate.

Shamrock Hut.

Shamrock Hut

Category: Standard
Facilities: 2 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Shamrock Hut to Hagens Hut

Time: 2 hr one way
Distance: 6 km

After Shamrock Hut the track descends towards Ahuriri River. To avoid crossing the river, hug the true right riverbank and make your own way to the hut - there is no formed track. Otherwise, cross the river and use the a well-formed track on the true left of the river. You will need to cross the Ahuriri River again to reach Hagens Hut. 

Hagens Hut.

Hagens Hut

Category: Standard
Facilities: 4 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Hagens Hut to Top Hut

Time: 2 hr one way
Distance: 4.5 km

The track is a bit rougher to Top Hut. In good conditions trampers can cross the range into South Huxley Valley or South Temple Valley. 

Top Hut, Ahuriri Conservation Park

Top Hut

Category: Basic/bivvies
Facilities: 2 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Getting there

Turn off SH8 onto Birchwood Road, 17 km south of Omarama. The turnoff is signposted for Ahuriri Conservation Park. The road is suitable for cars until the conservation park boundary 21 km down Birchwood Road. After that a high clearance 4WD vehicle is required to travel the 12 km to the road end.

Mountain biking

Birchwood Road end to Shamrock Hut

Track category: Intermediate/Grade 3
Time: 1 - 2 hr
Distance: 4 km

You may need to cross Canyon Creek on foot if high river flow. From there the riding is good until you get to a washed out creek bed. You will need to lower your bike down a small bank to cross the often dry creekbed. It is easy riding again from the creekbed to Shamrock Hut.

Shamrock Hut to Hagens Hut

Track category: Intermediate/Grade 3
Time: 1 - 2 hr
Distance: 6 km

From Shamrock Hut the track descends gently to Ahuriri River. Look out for marker poles on the other side of the river (true left). You need to cross the river and pick up the good track that is marked on the river flats. You then need to cross the river once again to reach Hagens Hut.

Some mountain bikers do carry on to Top Hut (2 hr ride) but it requires a bit of bike pushing as there is no well-formed track.

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Horse riding

The Ahuriri Valley is suitable for horse riding from the start of the 4WD track. Easy access makes the valley a good venue.

Know before you go

Map: NZTopo50 BZ14 Mount Barth

Dogs: dogs must be kept in your vehicle until you reach the conservation park boundary.

Contacts

Te Manahuna / Twizel Office
Phone:   +64 3 435 0802
Email:   twizel@doc.govt.nz
Address:   15 Wairepo Road
Twizel 7901
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