The first 5 km section of this track follows an historical road, now a 4WD track. It opens up to spectacular views after the end of the 4WD track, where the route becomes more difficult.
To navigate the washed-out area around Huskey Flat you will need good navigation and backcountry skills. There is no marked route and you are entering unstable and exposed backcountry terrain.
The moraine wall throughout this area, including along the 4WD track, is very unstable and should be negotiated with caution. You will need to move with care and skill around collapsed areas at various stages along the route.
Ball Hut is close to the historic site of the first Ball Hut and offers superb views of the Tasman Glacier and surrounding peaks.
The track starts at the end of Tasman Valley Road, near Aoraki/Mount Cook village.
NZTopo50 map sheets: BX15, BX16
Avalanches: The area around Ball Road is complex avalanche terrain. Large avalanches cross the road and track from June to November. Call in to the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Visitor Centre for advice on conditions.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.