On track from Port Levy Saddle to Rod Donald Hut.

Image: Chris Dyson | Creative Commons


This track will will take through beautiful old growth tōtara forest at Waipuna Saddle and on to Rod Donald Hut which you can prebook for an overnight stay or visit as a day walk.

Track overview

2.5 km one way

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This track is part of the Te Ara Pātaka/Summit Walkway

Cross Western Valley Road and follow the marked track to Waipuna Saddle. There is a beautiful old growth tōtara forest at Waipuna Saddle. This is on private land, but the landowner permits you to visit it.

Respect this very special place. Rod Donald Hut is down a side track and takes about 25 min to walk to from here. This section of the track is accessible by mountain bike, but bikes are best left at the top of the Rod Donald Hut track.

The Rod Donald Hut is on private land belonging to the Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust and protected by a QEII National Trust covenant. As with Packhorse Hut, bunks must be pre-booked through this website, but day walkers are welcome to visit.

Getting there

The Port Levy Saddle car park is at the top of Western Valley Road.

This steep, narrow gravel road connects Little River to Port Levy. It is not suitable for campervans or towing vehicles, and can be difficult for 2WD vehicles after heavy rain.

Know before you go

The track is suitable for people with moderate backcountry skills and experience. It's rough and steep in places.

The track is exposed to all weathers. It can be windy, cold and prone to low cloud in poor weather.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


Ōtautahi / Christchurch Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 379 4082
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   christchurchvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   31 Nga Mahi Road, Sockburn
Christchurch 8042
Postal Address:   Private Bag 11089
Christchurch 8042
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