View from Sawyer Burn Track

Image: Phil Tisch | ©


The Sawyer Burn Track climbs through the forest to the bushline and has superb views of Lake Hāwea and the surrounding mountains.

Track overview

8 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr return to the bushline, 5 hr return to Sawyer Burn Hut Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Providing superb views of Lake Hāwea and the surrounding mountains, the Sawyer Burn Track veers off the Kidds Bush Nature Walk and initially zigzags up through forest to the bushline before sidling (mostly at the same level) across to the Sawyer Burn Hut.

The basic hut belonging to Hunter Valley Station is tucked into bush on the side of the hill. It remains shaded throughout the day.

Getting there

Sawyer Burn Track starts from the Kidds Bush Recreation Reserve campsite, 6 km along Meads Road – turn off SH6 at The Neck.

Know before you go

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.

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   0272696871
Fax:   03 4437660
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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