Lake Hāwea Track
Located in Hāwea Conservation Park in the Otago region
IntroductionThis provides access to one of the Hāwea Conservation Park's most beautiful areas, the Hunter Valley.
20 km one way
This undulating track leads from the Turihuka Conservation Area and provides excellent lake and mountain views. It fords the Dingle Burn and goes on to the Hunter River/Lake Hāwea confluence.
Along the river flats the track weaves in and out of pockets of kānuka and silver/tahina and mountain/tamauka beech forest.
The Hunter Valley's open grasslands and braided river system lie beneath the McKerrow, Young and Huxley Ranges.
After entering the Hunter Valley follow the extensive valley flats to gain access to gain access to the head of the valley.
It is spectacular ride along Lake Hāwea toward the head of the lake. A variety of terrain raises this track category to Advanced.
From Hāwea Township, follow the unsealed Dingleburn Station Road to the public carpark. No vehicle access permitted beyond this point.
From the carpark, walk or cycle the Dingle Burn Peninsula Track to the Turihuka Conservation Area. The Lake Hāwea Track starts on the other side of the Dingle Burn.
The Long Flat Creek swing bridge in the Hunter Valley has been permanently removed.
The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, waterproof, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present. Check the Mount Aspiring National Park weather forecast – NIWA website.
This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.
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 - which often takes a few hours after rain.
Private property and permissions
This track crosses private land. There is no camping until the conservation area boundary.
Respect the landowner's livestock and property:
- stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land
- leave gates as you find them
- use stiles where provided
- keep your distance from livestock
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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PO Box 93
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