Upper Cameron Gorge
Image: Andrew Buglass | ©
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.
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.
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