Views into West Coast Gully from Grandview Ridge Track
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Introduction

Highly visible over a large area of the surrounding landscape the Grandview Ridge provides a spectacular vantage point for views over the upper Clutha Valley and peaks beyond.

Track overview

38.5 km one way

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Advanced: Grade 4

Seasonal restrictions

Two sections of track are closed annually for lambing:
Deep Gully Track – 30 September – 4 November
Eastern Hills Track – 15 September to 30 October

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Grandview Ridge Track

Long Gully car park to Breast Hill Track Junction

Distance: 38.5 km one way

This is the complete Grandview Ridge Track (previously known as Grandview Range Track).

From the Long Gully car park, a well-formed farm track on moderately steep hill terrain links tracks across the upper slopes and ridgeline of the Grandview Range. Options from a few hours to full or multi day are available providing extensive views across the upper Clutha Valley to the Southern Alps/kā Tiritiri o te Moana. The Grandview Ridge track ends at the Breast Hill Track Junction; for mountain bikers there is no exit/entry via Breast Hill or Timaru River tracks.

Long Gully car park to Sandy Point car park via Deep Gully Track

Distance: 11.5 km one way
Time:  3-5 hr

Long Gully car park to Sandy Point car park (via Eastern Hill Track)

Distance: 11 km one way
Time: 3-5 hr

Sandy Point Conservation Area walks

Access to the Sandy Point Conservation Area and the Clutha River/Mata Au is 10 minutes from the carpark, to the right, towards the river.

Sandy Point carpark to South Awa Nohoaka Conservation area (via Deep Gully Track)

Distance: 11 km one way
Time: 3-5 hr

For the Grandview Ridge Track and Awa Nohoaka Conservation Area, turn left from the carpark and walk 200 m down the road to a stile on the opposite side. Cross the paddock to a second stile, where the marked track leads off to the left. This climbs up Deep Gully and on to the skyline ridge, where it meets the Grandview Ridge Track. It was from this area that Otago's first surveyor, John Turnbull Thomson, saw and named 'New Zealand's Matterhorn' Mount Aspiring/Tititea.

Grandview Ridge Track traverses the ridgeline through Sandy Point and Glenfoyle Stations – keep to the poled route. Along the track there are great views of the upper Clutha Valley and the peaks beyond. The track reaches the Awa Nohoaka Conservation Area at two signed points.

Within Awa Nohoaka Conservation Area there are no formed tracks and there is no public access beyond the conservation area.

Deep Gully-Eastern Hills Loop

Distance: 10.5 km
Time: 3-5 hr

Providing a great loop option, the tracks start across the road from and slightly north of the Sandy Point car park. A poled route follows Deep Gully up onto the Grandview Ridge for great views over the upper Clutha Valley before descending the Eastern Hills Track back to the starting point. 

Getting there

Access to the Grandview Ridge Track and the Sandy Point and Awa Nohoaka Conservation Areas is from the DOC carpark on on SH8a (the Wanaka-Tarras Highway), 17 km from Wanaka.

Long Gully car park turnoff is, approximately 24.5 km from Wanaka township on the Luggate/Tarras Highway (SH8a). Turn left off this onto Jolly Road, travel 2.6 km and turn left onto the Long Gully farm access road. The car park area is past farm buildings where a sign/stile indicates the start of Grandview Ridge Track.

Know before you go

In winter and spring these access points travel through ‘challenging’ avalanche terrain before entering ‘simple’ avalanche terrain on the tops – view avalanche information if planning a trip between May and November.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
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