Otago region

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West Matukituki Valley, Mount Aspiring National Park

Map of New Zealand highlighting the Otago region.

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).


The Matukituki Valley is an hour’s drive west from Wanaka. The Mount Aspring National Park's boundary runs just beyond Aspiring Hut in the West Matukituki Valley and along the bush edge on the true left. In the East Matukituki Valley the boundary is along the bush edge, on the true right, up to Junction Flat.

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Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Otago places


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 7660
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
Makarora Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 3 443 8365
Address:   Haast Pass Highway
State Hwy 6
Email:   makaroravc@doc.govt.nz
Full office details