Chain Hills and Coal Creek Conservation Area
Turnoff SH8 onto Goodger Road and, depending on the season and road condition, drive along the unsealed road to the Tim Burn or Pleasant Valley carparks. You can walk, run or bike from either carpark, Each has a panel with a map of the area and its tracks. The small Coal Creek Conservation Area protects a native fishery.
Time: 2-2.5 hr one way
Distance: 9 km
Long Acre Track
Time: 1.5-2 hr one way
Distance: 7 km
Chain Hills Track
Time: 1-1 hr one way
Distance: 5 km
McPhies Ridge Track
Time: 6-7.5 hr
Distance: 25 km
The route along Dunstan Creek follows the marginal strip, the farm track is private.
Lindis Peak Track
Time: 5-6 hr return
Distance: 16 km
The track start is by Faithful Road, near the turnoff from SH8. The track to the 1,22 m summit has great panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the impressive St Bathans Range in the east, to the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring/Tititea in the west.
Nine Mile Historic Reserve
The reserve is 6 km down Old Faithful Road and can be reached by vehicle, on foot or by mountain bike. The main focus here is the old stone Lindis Hotel. The nearby Lindis River was the site of Otago's first gold discovery.
Camping is available in the reserve behind the hotel.
Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite
Facilities: 6 non-powered/tent sites, shelter for cooking, water from stream
Bookings not required - first come, first served
The Lindis Valley is 30 minutes drive from Wanaka on SH8, between Tarras and Omarama.
Know before you go
- Neither hunting nor dogs are permitted on these tracks and reserves.
- Fires are not permitted in the historic reserve and campers are asked to take their rubbish with them.
- The only public toilet in the area is at the Nine Mile Historic Reserve.
- Access tracks cross private property. Respect livestock and property, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.