Follow the Earnslaw Burn Track through the bush to a viewpoint. This viewpoint has impressive views of an icefall on Mt Earnslaw/Pikirakatahi at the edge of the forest where the track ends. For shelter an overhanging rock is just within the forest on the true right, looking downstream, of Earnslaw Burn.
For access through the tussock basin to the head of the valley you need to go through a marginal strip. The marginal strip here extends 10 m either side of Earnslaw Burn. Outside of the marginal strip is private property.
River crossing and route finding experience is essential. There is also windfall and slips along the track that you need to get over.
The track starts on the true left bank of the Earnslaw Burn partway along Lovers Leap Road, a right turn off the gravelled Glenorchy - Paradise Road, 20 minutes from Glenorchy.
The track can be tricky to find in places and the river crossing to get to the bivvy is dangerous in heavy rain. This track is not recommended for young children.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.