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, 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.
Unbridged rivers: There are river and stream crossings that become hazardous in heavy rain or snowmelt. Be prepared to turn back or wait for the river to drop.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.