Introduction

Oteake Conservation Park has several tracks suitable for four wheel driving that are open between Labour Weekend and 30 April.

Track overview

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving

Seasonal restrictions

The designated 4WD tracks in Oteake Conservation Park are open between Labour Weekend and 30 April. During that period, if conditions are unsuitable and/or the tracks become prone to damage, they may be closed.

About this track

Description

4WD vehicles on the East Manuherikia Track. Image: Malcolm Langley.
4WDs on the East Manuherikia Track

East Manuherikia Track

Distance: 19 km

From Hawkdun Runs Road a 4WD track crosses open grassland for about 3 km to the Manuherikia River junction. From here a popular, well-formed track follows the east branch and climbs steadily to Little Omarama Saddle, providing access to Oteake's tops and descends to Broken Hut Road carpark.

West Manuherikia Track

Distance: 25 km

From Hawkdun Runs Road a 4WD track crosses open grassland for about 3 km to the Manuherikia River junction. From here the track follows the west branch along a rough track to the Omarama Saddle (1260m) and descends to Broken Hut Road carpark on a well-formed track.

Johnstones Creek Track

Distance: 34 km 

From Home Hills Runs Road, after crossing flat tussock grassland the track climbs steeply on a very narrow, rocky track to the crest of the Hawkdun Range; not recommend for inexperienced 4WDrivers. The track follows the range crest, descends Walking Spur then climbs onto a plateau. It descends again, crosses Boundary Creek, climbs once more, goes down to Guffies Creek and joins the Mt Buster Track.

Mt Buster Track

Distance: 28 km

This is a steep climb on a well-formed track through open tussock to the Buster Diggings (6 km). There are, however, rough, steep areas past the Buster Diggings.

Caution: there is an active slip over the Mt Kyeburn 4WD track within the Timber Creek Conservation Area. The slip makes vehicle access difficult. Use extreme caution when crossing this slip. Do not attempt to cross if conditions do not allow for a safe vehicle passage.

Getting there

There are several access routes on both the Otago and Canterbury sides of the park, the mains one being Hawkdun Runs Road, Home Hills Run Road and Mt Buster Road in the Maniototo, and Broken Hut Road from the Waitaki Valley.

The vehicle bridge on Hawkduns Run Road is currently out. The vehicle ford is recommended for experienced 4WD users only.

Much of the public access into the park is along easements crossing private land. Please respect this by driving carefully, keeping to tracks and roads, and leaving gates as you find them.

4WD access is limited to the formed tracks described on this page and shown on the Oteake Conservation Park map, available from the local DOC office.

Do not go off the track or attempt routes you are unsure about; it may be very difficult to reverse or pass other traffic. Experience in rough conditions on steep terrain is essential: you should be self-reliant, with recovery equipment appropriate for the conditions and terrain.

Know before you go

These tracks may also be used by trampers and mountain-bikers. Drive carefully and consider other users.

Contacts

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