View along blue valley track

Image: Andrej Ricnik | Creative Commons

Introduction

This track is easily accessible and an interesting day or overnight trip.

Track overview

2.5 km one way return via same track

Walking and tramping

2-3 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

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.

Getting there

The track starts at the Blue Pools car park.

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.

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.

The visitor centre in Makarora is no longer available. Contact the Awarua/Haast or Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park visitor centres for visitor information, including trip planning, and track and weather updates for this region.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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