Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area

Image: Joy Comrie | DOC


Wairepo Kettleholes provide a feeding area for both native and introduced birds.

Track overview

3 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

1 hr one way Easy: Walking track

Mountain biking

30 min one way Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The initial part of this track is a public access easement along a formed road. Climb over the stile to enter the conservation area.

Head east to find the kettleholes which are down in depressions. These kettleholes provide an important feeding area for a number of key bird species including the endangered kakī/black stilt. Fragmented patches of red tussock are throughout the conservation area, particularly alongside Wairepo Creek.

A walker strides through stunning red tussocks in Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area.
A walker strides through stunning red tussocks in Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area

Mountain biking

It is an easy ride along the formed road to Wairepo Kettleholes Conservation Area. You need to lift your bike over the stile. There is an old farm track that can be ridden along inside the conservation area.

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

Getting there

Turn off SH 8 onto Quailburn Road off, 4 km north of Omarama. After the Clay Cliffs turn-off the road changes to a gravel surface. Drive carefully as this road often has mountain bikers on it during summer months.


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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