Walk or mountain bike to an old musterers hut near Lake Emma.

Track overview

9 km

Walking and tramping

3 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Walk or mountain bike to the historic Lake Emma Hut (overnight stays are not allowed) and then on to Lake Camp.

The two-room hut at Lake Emma, with its tack shed and verandah, was built between the late 1860s and 1890. It sits by the lake shore and is a lovely spot for a breather or lunch.

During the summer, there is weather-dependent 4WD access to Lake Emma Hut; this makes it easier for picnicking, fishing or those who are less mobile. A boat launching site at the northern end of the lake makes exploring the lake by kayak very easy.

Lake Roundabout

Just before the Lake Emma car park, a short track (60 m, 5 min) provides access to Lake Roundabout. This little gem has lovely views of the surrounding mountains and, at the southern end, heads of Carex secta/pūkio look like trolls standing in the lake.

Mountain biking

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Getting there

Lake Emma and Lake Camp are on Hakatere Potts Road, about 28 km west of Mount Somers. Leave Mount Somers on Ashburton Gorge Road, which becomes Hakatere Potts Road.


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