Chain Hills Track, Lindis Valley

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A range of tracks for walkers and mountain bikers alike, in an attractive, upland valley. Easily accessed off SH8 between Tarras and Omarama.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3 - 15 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

Lindis Peak Track is closed for lambing between 10 October and 5 December.

McPhies Ridge Track: Pleasant Valley carpark and the public access tracks that extend from it are closed for lambing from 10 October to 5 December.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Chain Hills and Coal Creek Conservation Area

Turnoff SH8 onto Goodger Road and, depending on the season and road condition, drive along the unsealed road to the Tim Burn or Pleasant Valley carparks. You can walk, run or bike from either carpark, Each has a panel with a map of the area and its tracks. The small Coal Creek Conservation Area protects a native fishery.

Shirlmar Track

Time: 2-2.5 hr one way
Distance: 9 km

Long Acre Track

Time: 1.5-2 hr one way
Distance: 7 km

Chain Hills Track

Time: 1-1 hr one way
Distance: 5 km

McPhies Ridge Track

Time: 6-7.5 hr
Distance: 25 km

The route along Dunstan Creek follows the marginal strip, the farm track is private.

Lindis Peak Track

Time: 5-6 hr return
Distance: 16 km

The track start is by Faithful Road, near the turnoff from SH8. The track to the 1,226 m summit has great panoramic views of the surrounding area, from the impressive St Bathans Range in the east, to the Southern Alps and Mount Aspiring/Tititea in the west.

Nine Mile Historic Reserve

The reserve is 6 km down Old Faithful Road and can be reached by vehicle, on foot or by mountain bike. The main focus here is the old stone Lindis Hotel. The nearby Lindis River was the site of Otago's first gold discovery.

Camping is available in the reserve behind the hotel.

Getting there

The Lindis Valley is 30 minutes drive from Wanaka on SH8, between Tarras and Omarama.

Know before you go

  • Neither hunting nor dogs are permitted on these tracks and reserves.
  • Fires are not permitted in the historic reserve and campers are asked to take their rubbish with them.
  • The only public toilet in the area is at the Nine Mile Historic Reserve.
  • Access tracks cross private property. Respect livestock and property, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided.

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:   +64 27 629 1012
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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