West Matukituki Valley, Mount Aspiring National Park
The West and East Matukituki Valleys offer enjoyable day-walks, as well as access to a number of demanding tramping and climbing routes in Mount Aspiring National Park. A photographer's delight, offering alpine views galore from the valley floors. This region’s special features were recognised nationally in 1964 when Mount Aspiring National Park was created, and internationally in 1990, with the establishment of the Te Wähipounamu – South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
The valley walks access the Rob Roy Valley glacier track in the West Matukituki Valley. Parts of the tracks cross farmland and beech forest flats, and the higher altitude routes negotiate alpine tussock grasslands and snowfields. The lower grassy river flats are leasehold farm land. Please respect this and do not disturb livestock.
View the Matukituki Valley Tracks brochure (PDF, 527K).
Learn about the history and natural history of the Matukituki Valley.
There are numerous outdoor recreation opportunities in the Matukituki Valley, although many of the tramping excursions in this area require a high level of physical fitness and alpine experience.
You can stay in both DOC and NZAC huts in the Matukituki Valley.
There is avalanche danger in some areas during winter and spring. Be aware of safety guidelines and plan your trip carefully.
View video footage of DOC rangers banding South Island robins translocated from the Routeburn Track to the Matukituki Valley in Mount Aspiring National Park.
View video footage of a kea trying to break into a trap in the Mount Aspiring National Park area to reach eggs.
Find businesses that are DOC-approved to provide activities and services in Matukituki Valley.
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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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