Lake Heron.
Image: Jack Mace | DOC 

Introduction

Explore the area around Lake Heron on these tracks - discover kettle holes, and views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Track overview

360 m | 1.5 km | 2.5 km | 10 km

Walking and tramping

10 min | 45 min | 1 hr | 3 hr one way Easy: Walking track

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Kettle Hole Walk

Time: 10 min
Distance: 360 m 

A short easy walk to a kettle hole - part time wetlands that were formed when huge blocks of ice broke off the retreating glacier, leaving depressions that sometimes fill with water.

The flowering plants that live in kettle holes are mostly very small, rare and have special ways of using the changing water levels to their advantage.

Getting there: The track starts on the access road to Lake Heron car park, off Hakatere Heron Road.

Lake Hill Track

Time: 45 min
Distance: 1.5 km

It's an easy walk up Lake Hill - a great place to appreciate the lake and surrounding mountains and the effects of past glaciers.

Getting there: Start the track from Lake Heron car park, 1.7 km along the lake shore, off Hakatere Heron Road.

Harrisons Bight Track

Time: 1 hr
Distance: 2.5 km

This track is used by 4WD vehicles over summer. It provides access to one of the best fishing areas in mid-Canterbury.

Getting there: Start the track from Lake Heron car park, 1.7 km along the lake shore, off Hakatere Heron Road.

Double Hut Track

Time: 3 hr
Distance: 10 km

An old musterers' hut, Double Hut makes a good base for exploring the area, climbing Mount Taylor or for hunting. The track crossses the Rakaia Valley to the Lake Emily section of Te Araroa.

Getting there: Start the track from Lake Heron car park, 1.7 km along the lake shore, off Hakatere Heron Road.

Double Hut. Image: Brian Dobbie.

Double Hut

Category: Basic/bivvies
Facilities: 6 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Getting there

These tracks are accessed from Hakatere Heron Road, about 31 km west of Mount Somers. Leave Mount Somers on Ashburton Gorge Road, then turn right into Hakatere Heron Road (23 km).

Four wheel driving

Harrison Bight Track is open to 4WD vehicles over the summer. Find out about opening dates and access permits.

Contacts

Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Address:   Co-located with the Christchurch i-site
28 Worcester Boulevard
Christchurch 8140
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
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Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   +64 3 693 1010
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
Email:   geraldine@doc.govt.nz
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