Macaulay Hut Track
Located in Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park in the Canterbury region
IntroductionMacaulay valley can be accessed on foot, or by mountain bike, horse or 4WD.
18 km one way
- Four wheel driving
- Horse riding
Cross Macaulay River and look out for the DOC signs on the riverbed directing you towards Macaulay Hut Track. Keep to the 4WD track initially as this is a public access easement through private farmland. Further up valley when you're in Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park, you are free to roam in the riverbed area, which is generally faster when on foot.
Boulders in Macaulay valley
After crossing Macaulay River the ride is on a well-formed 4WD track. You many need to push your bike as you near Macaulay Hut.
Four wheel driving
You will need to ford Macaulay River to reach Macaulay Hut. Keep to the track.
These tracks travel along stony flats.
This track is at the northern end of Lake Tekapo. At Tekapo, turn off SH8 onto Lilybank Road (a gravel road) and travel to the end.
To reach the start of the track you need to cross Macaulay River first. This can be a difficult crossing in periods of high rainfall or snowmelt. Another option is to leave your vehicle at the end of Lilybank Road in the designated parking area and cross the river on foot.
Dog access: Dogs must be confined to your vehicle until you are through the private farmland and passed the signpost for the conservation park boundary.
Map: NZTopo50 BW17, BX17
Stay safe when crossing rivers
If you plan to cross unbridged rivers, know how to cross safely and be prepared for if you cannot cross.
Do not cross if the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe. Turn back or wait for the river to drop. If in doubt, stay out.
Stay safe in the outdoors
- Take the right gear for your trip: Walking and tramping gear lists.
- Tell a trusted person your plans and when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Send them the information directly, or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk.
- Follow the five essential steps of the Land Safety Code.
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