July 2007
This report assesses the significance of the Copland Track - built to provide a tourist route across the Southern Alps linking the West Coast with the Hermitage at Mt Cook.


The Copland Track was constructed over a period of 12 years from 1901 to 1913, to provide a tourist track linking the West Coast with the Hermitage at Mt. Cook /Aoraki. The track lies in Westland / Tai Poutini National Park and is a key visitor site in the West Coast Conservancy, providing unique access into a South Westland montane, alpine environment and to the
hot pools at Welcome Flat. The Copland Track and Welcome Flat Bridge are actively managed for their historic values.

A historic baseline inspection of the Copland Track was carried out and this report written for the South Westland / Weheka Area Office, so all its historic values can be considered when planning visitor asset track upgrade work. 

Publication information

Author: Jackie Breen, West Coast / Tai Poutini Conservancy

ISBN: 978-0-478-14597-7 (web PDF)


Hokitika Office
Phone:   +64 3 756 9100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   10 Sewell Street
Hokitika 7810
Postal Address:   Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842

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History of the Copland Track

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