Lauder track
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Introduction

The Lauder Basin Conservation Area provides single to multi-day opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding

Seasonal restrictions

The Lauder access easement is closed annually for lambing and calving from 20 September to the Thursday prior to Labour Weekend inclusive.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

Through a network of farm tracks, access routes connect SH8 and the Manuherika Basin near St Bathans. 

Occupying a commanding position at the northern end of the Dunstan Mountains, this wonderful, scenic upland landscape provides an interesting mix of terrain including: rocky outcrops, gorges, open tussockland, alpine cushionfields and tor studded alpine tops. 

Lauder Station Road - Cluden Creek Car park

31 km

Seasonal restrictions: Vehicle access via the easements is unavailable from 1 May to 30 November annually. Horse riders can access the conservation area during this period except between the 20 September to the Thursday prior to Labour weekend annually when the Lauder easement is closed for lambing - access is still available for horse riders via the Cluden easement during this time.

Lauder Basin Conservation Area Map (PDF 1,129K)

The Lauder and Cluden easement tracks have locked gates, motorised vehicle users and horse riders will need to complete the online application for paddlock codes to gain entry into the Lauder Basin Conservation area.

Lauder Station Easement track

Lauder Station Road to Lauder Basin Conservation Area boundary: 6 km

Entry to the Lauder Basin Conservation area via Lauder Station for 4WD vehicle, walking, mountain biking and horse riding is on formed 4WD farm track . Some sections of road are rough with steep drop offs.

The easement across Lauder Station allows for 4WD motor vehicle use only, motor cycles and all terrain vehicles are not permitted.

Lauder Basin Conservation Area road

Lauder Station Boundary to Cluden Station Boundary: 18 km

Access through the Lauder Conservation area for vehicle, walking, mountain biking and horse riding is along a formed 4WD farm track. Some sections of road are quite rutted and can be boggy after rain.

Cluden Station Easement

Lauder Basin Conservation Area boundary to Cluden Creek Car park: 7 km

Cluden Creek Car park to Cluden Quarry Car Park: 8 km

Access to the Lauder Basin Conservation area via Cluden Station for vehicle, walking, mountain biking and horse riding is on formed 4WD farm track. Some sections of road are rough with steep drop offs.

Cluden Creek Track

Cluden Creek Car park via Cluden Creek Track to Lauder Basin Conservation Area road: 20 km

Walking, biking and horse access is permitted along formed 4WD farm track. Some sections of road are rough with steep drop offs. Sections of track may be boggy after rain.

Note: The gate to Cluden Creek Track from Cluden Creek car park is locked (no key available), horses can only enter/exit Cluden Creek Track via the top entry point off Lauder Basin Conservation Area Road.

As with motor vehicle entry, horse riders will need to complete the online application for padlock codes to gain entry to the Lauder Basin Conservation area.

Cluden Creek Conservation Area

Cluden Creek Car park to Cluden Creek Conservation Area: 500 m

Top access via Lauder Basin Conservation Area road to Cluden Conservation Area: 2 km

Access into this small conservation area is signed from both entrance points. Walking access only is permitted. There are no marked tracks within the conservation area.

Dunstan Pass

Cluden Creek Track/Chain Hills Track junction over Dunstan Pass to Dunstan Creek: 4 km

From the junction of Cluden Creek, Dunstan Pass and Chain Hills Tracks, the track climbs up to Dunstan Pass before making its descent to Dunstan Creek. Walking, mountain bike and horse access are permitted on this section of track.

Chain Hills Extension Track

Chain Hills extension track from Cluden Creek Track/Dunstan Pass junction to Long Acre Track junction: 15 km

This undulating track allows for walking, mountain bike and horse access. At the junction of the Long Acre track, this extension connects to the existing 5 km Chain Hills Track.

Sailors Creek Track

Sailors Creek Car park – Lauder Basin Conservation Area Boundary: 2 km

Access to this block is from Cambrian Road, off St Bathans Loop Road, 10 km north of Becks. 2WD access extends as far as the carpark at Sailors Creek. From here, a walking, mountain biking and horse easement starts from a stile.

Getting there

Access from the east is through Lauder Station; from SH85 heading towards St Bathans, turn on to Loop road, then turn on to Lauder Station road. The car park is on the right before the end of Lauder Station road.

The car park access to Cluden is located off SH8 Tarras – Lindis Pass road. Turn onto Hangers Road, the first car park is the Cluden Quarry car park. 8kms further along Hangers road is the second car park called the Cluden car park.

Know before you go

  • In summer, very hot and dry conditions are common so make sure you carry plenty of water and have adequate protection against the sun. 
  • Alpine conditions may be experienced at any time of the year, with the higher country being subject to snow during the winter months.  Ensure you carry suitable clothing and sturdy boots.  
  • These public access tracks cross through working high country stations. Please respect landowner’s livestock and property; stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation lands, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. 
  • Camping is permitted on conservation land only. Camping on the access easements or in the car parks is not permitted.
  • The easement across Lauder Station allows for 4WD motor vehicle use only, motor cycles and all terrain vehicles are not permitted. Vehicles are not permitted on the Lauder and Cluden Station easements between 8pm and 7am.
  • Dogs are permitted in the conservation area but need to be confined in a vehicle at all times on the easement track.
  • Fires are not permitted.

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Contacts

Kā Moana Haehae / Alexandra Office
Phone:   +64 3 440 2040
Email:   alexandra@doc.govt.nz
Address:   43 Dunstan Road
Alexandra 9320
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