Macaulay valley can be accessed on foot, or by mountain bike, horse or 4WD.

Track overview

18 km one way

Walking and tramping

5 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

3 hr one way Easy: Grade 2

Other activities

  • Four wheel driving
  • Horse riding

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


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.
Boulders in Macaulay valley

Mountain biking

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.

Getting there

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.

Four wheel driving

You will need to ford Macaulay River to reach Macaulay Hut. Keep to the track.

Horse riding

These tracks travel along stony flats.

Know before you go

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


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