Potts River, Mt Potts Range

Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Explore tussock terraces in the Potts River area.

Track overview

9.2 km | 23 km | 21 km

Walking and tramping

4 hr | 9 hr | 7 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Other activities

  • Horse riding

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Potts River car park to Mystery Lake

Time: 4 hr
Distance: 9.2 km

The area around Mystery Lake is fascinating, with steep roche moutonnées (rocky ‘knobs’ smoothed by passing glaciers), jumbled scree and (surprising for such a treeless area) large Hall’s tōtara.

Return the same way or continue to Lake Clearwater (4 hr, 11.8 km), another 7 km down Hakatere Potts Road.

Mountain biking

Track category: Easy/Grade 2

Potts River car park to Potts Hut

Time: 9 hr
Distance: 23 km

Mountain biking

Track category: Intermediate/Grade 3

Potts River car park to Buicks Bridge car park

Time: 7 hr
Distance: 21 km

This track is part of Te Araroa - New Zealand's trail.

Mountain biking

Track category: Easy/Grade 2

Mountain biking

These are shared-use tracks. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Getting there

These tracks start from the Potts River car park on Hakatere Potts Road, about 40 km west of Mount Somers. Leave Mount Somers on Ashburton Gorge Road, which becomes Hakatere Potts Road.

Know before you go

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.


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