Upper Cameron Gorge

Image: Andrew Buglass | ©

Introduction

Starting at the Cameron Creek car park enjoy a good day's tramp ending at the 4-bunk Cameron Hut.

Track overview

7 km one way

Walking and tramping

4 - 5 hr one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

The Cameron Valley’s entrance is a spectacular gorge with towering bluffs and a cascading waterfall.

The track starts from the Cameron Creek car-park and climbs up through a series of small bluffs before sidling around above the gorge - some parts are steep and exposed.

After the gorge the track traverses across a large unstable slip to the river - one of several slips in this valley. This is about two hours from the car park.

After crossing the river the track re-enters the forest and continues to the south branch before coming out on a grassy river flat. The track is not marked across the flat. Cameron Hut is on the true left at the southern end of the flat.

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.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

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 27 629 1012
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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