View along blue valley track
Image: Andrej Ricnik | Creative Commons
2.5 km one way return via same track
Time: 2 - 3 hr
Distance: 2.5 km
The track starts at the Blue Pools carpark. After 10 minutes, just after the swing bridge, it branches off the main track. The track then climbs round and above the Blue River and into the north branch before descending to Camp Flat, a pleasant lunch stop or campsite.
Time: 6 - 7 hr
Distance: 13 km
A poled route leads to the head of the valley.
The track starts at the Blue Pools car park.
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.
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.