The Caples and Greenstone Valleys are linked by McKellar Saddle, a sub-alpine pass, to make a moderate four day round trip. It is a moderately demanding tramp with some days averaging 6-7 hours of walking. A reasonable degree of fitness is required.
The Greenstone Valley is a wide, open valley with tussock flats and beech forest. In comparison, the Caples Valley is a narrower valley filled with forest interspersed with grassy clearings. Either of these tracks can be linked with the Routeburn Track, or they can be walked as a one way track starting or finishing either at the Divide or the Greenstone Shelter.
The grassy river flats of the Caples and Greenstone Valleys are private farmland. Please respect this, and stay on the tracks which follow the forest edge. Do not disturb stock. The forest is a Stewardship Area managed by the Department of Conservation. Fiordland National Park begins at the southern end of Lake McKellar.
The superb diversity of natural features in this area is recognised internationally with the establishment of the Te Wāhipounamu-South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.
View the Greenstone Caples Track brochure (PDF, 1900K).
Greenstone Confluence Bridge closed at times
Urgent bridge maintenance means that the Greenstone Confluence Bridge will be closed at times, causing delays to trampers, until Friday 21 November 2014.
Appropriate signage will be placed along the track, indicating an alternative route if necessary – absence of signage indicates that trampers can expect to proceed across the bridge without longer delays.
Pest control operations took place on Sunday 31 August 2014. Follow precautions indicated by signage until further notice. This operation is part of our Battle for our Birds predator control programme, protecting our native wildlife from a rodent and stoat invasion.
Due to pest control operations in the area the Caples Track will be temporarily moved from the True Right of the Caples River to the True Left of the Caples River until further notice.
Contact the Queenstown VC for more information.