Introduction

Explore the area around Lake Pukaki on these short walking tracks.

Track overview

Various: 200 m - 4 km

Walking and tramping

Various: 10 min - 2 hr one way Easiest: Short walk
Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Pukaki Kettle Hole Track

Track category: Short Walk
Time: 1 hr
Distance: 4 km

The track passes through moraine hummocks and circles a distinct kettle hole within Pukaki Kettle Hole Scenic Reserve. The kettle hole was formed by melting glacial ice - interpretation signage on site provides information about this. The 360 degree views experienced on this track on a fine day are spectactular.

Drive up the gravel road signposted off SH8 to a designated car park area.

Pukaki Kettle Hole Track. Photo: Declan Wong.
Pukaki Kettle Hole Track

Marker Bay Track

Track category: Short Walk
Time: 20 min
Distance: 1 km

The track initially traverses an area where Lake Pukaki village once stood, before the lake levels were raised in 1979. Part of the track leads through pine trees and is a good stroll on a hot day. It's an easy walk for families with young children.

The track start is a public access easement through private land so please keep to the track.

Pukaki Boulders

Track category: Short Walk
Time: 10 min
Distance: 200 m

A short track leads up to the Pukaki boulders. These large boulders are glacial erratics deposited by the huge glacier that dominated the area over 12,000 years ago.

Access is along the Aoraki/Mt Cook Road (SH80), approximately 5 km from the SH8 turnoff. A signpost and stile is on the Lake Pukaki side of the highway.

Ben Ohau Range access route - Big Rock Stream

Track category: Route
Time: 2 hr
Distance: 2.5 km

This track is a public access easement to public conservation land on the Ben Ohau Range. Start off as a well formed track, then where it deviates to the left, continue uphill following the boundary fenceline. Public conservation land starts at the 960 m contour.

Start at the Big Rock Stream bridge on the Aoraki/Mount Cook Road (SH80), approximately 11 km from SH8 turnoff. There is parking on the Lake Pukaki side of the highway before the bridge.

Ben Ohau Range access route - Boundary Stream

Track category: Route
Time: 2 min
Distance: 50 m

It's a 50 m scramble up hill and over the fence into public conservation land on the true right of Boundary Stream. From here, continue hiking to Ben Dhu summit at 1607 m.

Start at the Boundary Stream bridge on the Aoraki/Mount Cook Road (SH80).

Getting there

These short walks are around the southern end of Lake Pukaki.

Know before you go

Map: NZTopo50 BZ15 Twizel, BZ 16 Dover Pass

Contacts

Te Manahuna / Twizel Office
Phone:   +64 3 435 0802
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   15 Wairepo Road
Twizel 7901
Postal Address:   Private Bag
Twizel 7944
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