Albert Burn Hut Track
The first section of the valley travels through a gorge and involves crossing the river several times. An old cattle track on the 'true right' of the river climbs up through beech forest above part of this lower gorge.
As it continues up the valley, it crosses alluvial fans and bracken covered river beds before reaching large open flats; from here there is no marked track. Cross the river to the 'true left' at the high end of the last flat to reach Albert Burn Hut; situated on a small terrace at the western end. The hut is set well back from the river - don't miss it.
There’s also a good 3-4 hour trip from here to the top flat.
The Albert Burn is a remote valley, with access by boat across Lake Wanaka or via the ‘cattle track’ from the Makarora River mouth. From the mouth of the Albert Burn follow the farmed river flats into the gorge. Don’t disturb livestock.
Dog access: Dogs are allowed in Albert Burn Valley, but if entering via Mt Albert Station are only allowed if prior permission has been obtained.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.
Unbridged rivers: There are river and stream crossings that become hazardous in heavy rain or snowmelt. Be prepared to turn back.
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.
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