IntroductionThis track is easily accessible and an interesting day or overnight trip.
Blue Pools car park to Camp Flat
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.
Camp Flat to head of valley
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.
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.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.
Crossing rivers: If you plan to cross an unbridged river, you must know how to identify an unsafe river, and where and how to cross safely. You should also be prepared for being unable to cross.
If the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe, do not try to cross. Turn back or wait for the river to drop - this often takes a few hours after rain, so be ready and pack emergency shelter and extra food.
A river is unsafe if there is:
- discoloured water
- debris in the water (such as branches)
- water flowing faster than walking pace
- movement of rocks in the water you can hear
Learn more about river safety on the NZ Mountain Safety Council website.