Introduction

These well-formed tracks lead into Oteake Conservation Park.

Track overview

Various: 11 - 20 km

Walking and tramping

Various times around 6 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Various times around 4 hr Intermediate: Grade 3

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

West Manuherikia Track

Track category: Tramping track
Time: 3 - 4 hr
Distance: 11 km
Dog access: You can take your dog into Top Hut if it is confined to a vehicle while crossing private farmland at the start. If you are on foot, taking your dog is not an option. 

This well-marked track from Broken Hut Road to Top Hut crosses Omarama Saddle (1260 m). Over summer people can 4WD directly to the hut so it may be full. The track highpoints are often covered in snow during winter and spring. In a good winter this track is ideal for ski-touring.

Four wheel driving 

Seasonal restrictions: The West Manuherikia Track is open to 4WDs from Labour Weekend to 30 April each year if track conditions are suitable. Snowfall blocks the track in winter.

The upper section below Omarama Saddle is narrow and prone to rock slips after heavy rainfall.

Horse riding

The West Manuherikia Track is suitable for horse riding.

Mountain biking

Track category: Advanced/Grade 4
Time: 2 - 3 hr
Distance: 11 km

The climb up to Omarama Saddle has a good riding surface. It's then a straight forward descent to Top Hut.

West Manuherikia valley. Image: Kiersten McKinley.
West Manuherikia valley in Oteake Conservation Park

Top Hut

Top Hut

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

Manuherikia Track Circuit

Track category: Tramping track
Time: 5 - 6 hr
Distance: 20 km

Start from Broken Hut Road car park. Hike up East Manuherikia Track, along the top Saddle Ridge Track and down West Manuherikia Track back to the car park. The Saddle Ridge Track is a rocky surface and not as well formed as East and West Manuherikia Tracks. This track makes an ideal mountain run.

Four wheel driving

Seasonal restrictions: The East and West Manuherikia Tracks are open to 4WDs from Labour Weekend to 30 April each year if track conditions are suitable. Snowfall blocks the tracks in winter.

The West Manuherikia Track is longer than the East Manuherikia Track and involves more river crossings. The upper section below Omarama Saddle is narrow and prone to rock slips after heavy rainfall.

Vehicles are not permitted on Saddle Ridge Track.

Horse riding

The East Manuherikia Track is suitable for horse riding.

Mountain biking

Track category: Advanced/Grade 4
Time: 4 hr
Distance: 20 km

It's better to ride up West Manuherikia Track, traverse along Saddle Ridge Track, then descend East Manuherikia Track to the car park. Expect some bike-pushing on the climb from Omarama Saddle to the Saddle Ridge Track.

Saddle Ridge Track.
Saddle Ridge Track in Oteake Conservation Park

Getting there

Turn down Broken Hut Road, 1 km south of Omarama. This road turns into a gravel surface so drive carefully. At the road end there is a formed car park and interpretation panel.

Know before you go

Map: NZTopo50 CA14 Lindis Pass, CA15 Omarama

Contacts

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