South Temple Stream

Image: Jack Mace | DOC


These short tramping tracks travel through mountain beech forest.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various times Advanced: Tramping track

Other activities

  • Horse riding

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


Temple Valley Circuit Track

Time: 1 hr
Distance: 2 km

This is a short, interesting track through beech forest and bracken fern. It provides good, elevated views into South Temple valley.

North Temple Track

Time: 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr
Distance: 5 km

Cross North Temple Stream and follow the track up North Temple valley. The track has been washed out in places from high river flow. It generally keeps to the beech-forest margin and ends at an impressive cirque basin. Experienced trampers may choose to cross Gunsight Pass into South Temple valley.

South Temple Track

Time: 3 - 4 hr
Distance: 7.5 km

This track has suffered a little bit from slips and track wash-outs from high river flow. It hasn't deterred from the track but has increased the time required to reach South Temple Hut. You need to cross South Temple Stream to reach the hut; this may be tricky after heavy rainfall.

Horse riding

South Temple Track is suitable for riding horses.

Getting there

Temple valley is signposted off Lake Ohau Road, 50 km from Twizel. Follow SH 6 from Twizel, then turn into Lake Ohau Road.

The sealed road changes to gravel after passing Lake Ohau Lodge. Drive carefully and watch out for stock grazing beside the road. As a courtesy, drive slowly past Lake Ohau Station buildings to reduce dust.

The Temple valley car park has a shelter and long drop toilet. Sandfly repellent here is very useful.

Know before you go

Map: NZTopo50 BZ14 Mount Barth

Dog access

There is an ongoing trapping and poison operation for possums in this area. Monitor your dog and use a muzzle to avoid any potential scavenging of possum carcasses.


Te Manahuna / Twizel Office
Phone:   +64 3 435 0802
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   15 Wairepo Road
Twizel 7901
Postal Address:   Private Bag
Twizel 7944
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