View over Lake Hāwea from Breast Hill
Image: Dave Quested | ©
Times and distances:
Note: Times indicated are in the direction of track from Dingle Burn Road to Timaru River Junction. Time allowances may need to be adjusted for those going in the opposite direction and those not confident in this type of terrain.
From the Dingle Burn Road to Pakituhi Hut the track is a steady climb rising 400 m on a formed zig-zag track to a small saddle. The next section of track follows a prominent ridge to the highest point (1300 m) before a short descent to the hut. On clear days, trampers will be rewarded with stunning views over Lake Hāwea and the surrounding landscape including Mt Aspiring/Tititea.
From Pakituhi Hut an alternate route, bypassing Breast Hill, is available following a 4WD track to Stodys Hut. This undulating track affords spectacular mountainous views including Corner Peak and the St Bathans range.
From Stodys Hut the track descends steeply to the Timaru River via a marked tree lined ridge. Trampers at this point have the option to proceed towards Top Timaru Hut and the Ahuriri Valley or back towards the Timaru River carpark making it into a loop track. A slip on a section of the track 50m down stream from the Timaru River/Breast Hill track junction requires care to cross.
Dingle Burn Road entrance is signposted 1 km from Johns Creek township or approximately 6 km from Lake Hāwea township.
Breast Hill Track is particularly demanding due to its exposed nature and physically demanding terrain.
Unbridged rivers: There are river and stream crossings that become hazardous in heavy rain or snowmelt. Be prepared to turn back.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.
Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary.
No camping until the conservation area boundary.