Otamatakou Scenic Reserve
Track category: Tramping Track
Time: 2 hr
Distance: 5.5 km
This walk follows Glen Creek. Follow an old farm track to the reserve which contains remnant native shrubs. These include Hebe cupressoides, matagouri, mountain wineberry, Coprosma propinqua, Corokia cotoneaster and Olearia virgata. There is no formed track within the reserve itself.
Track category: Easy/Grade 2
Time: 1 hr
Distance: 5 km
It is possible to ride the public access easement through private farmland to the Otamatakou Scenic Reserve.
Mountain biking into Otamatakou Scenic Reserve
Track category: Walking Track
Time: 1 hr 30 min
Distance: 4 km
Dog access: Dogs on a lead can be taken along the Benmore Peninsula Track.
This circuit track passs through an exotic forest and around a peninsula jutting out into Lake Benmore.
Travel along SH83 to Lake Benmore, between Otematata and Omarama.
Know before you go
- Otamatakou Scenic Reserve - NZTopo50 CA15 Omarama
- Benmore Peninsula - CA16 Otematata
Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary.
No camping until the conservation area boundary.