Aspiring Flat

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The East Matukituki Valley provides interesting day walks and access to several demanding tramping and climbing routes in Mount Aspiring National Park.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

3–4 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The main track up the East Branch of the Matukituki River provides several options. It connects with a side track to the Glacier Burn, and continues up the river to Junction Flat.

From Junction Flat there's a side route to the Kitchener Valley and Rock of Ages Biv.

There is also the option of the route up the true left of the river's East Branch to Ruth Flat and a traverse over the range to the Wilkin Valley. This should only be attempted by experienced parties.

The grassy river flats are leasehold farm land. Respect this and do not disturb the stock.

Cameron Flat to Glacier Burn

Time:  4 hr return
Distance: 10 km

Ford the Matukituki River at Cameron Flat. If the river is high use the Otago Boys High Bridge, one hour upstream on the river's West Branch. Beyond the old Mount Aspiring Station homestead the track passes through beech forest, climbs to a saddle and descends to the Glacier Burn.

The track leads up the burn's true right, before the bridge, There are spectacular bluffs and waterfalls at the head of the valley, though there is no formed track beyond the river.

Cameron Flat to Rock of Ages Biv

Time: 8 hr
Distance: 24 km 

Cameron Flat to Junction Flat

Time: 5 hr return
Distance: 19 km

After reaching and crossing the Glacier Burn the track runs parallel to the East Branch to reach Junction Flat and the Kitchener River. Expect muddy sections and several major slips to cross.

Junction Flat to Rock of Ages Biv

Time: 3 hr return
Distance: 5 km

This track follows the true right of the Kitchener River and climbs an old unstable slip which is narrow with a drop off on one side. Markers are known to move because of slips and care is required when crossing this section. The track passes through beech forest to the top of the gorge. There are spectacular views of the Kitchener Cirque from Aspiring Flat. The Rock of Ages rock biv is 30 minutes past Aspiring Flat, 20 metres above the flats and in bush near the head of the flats.

Getting there

The East Matukituki Valley is a one hour drive west from Wanaka; the last 35 km is on a gravel road. The turn-off to the Cameron Flat carpark, on the right, is signposted.

Know before you go

Flooding: The Kitchener Valley is prone to flooding in heavy rain and can become inaccessible.

Weather: Unpredictable weather patterns mean that snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of year. Although the valleys are not closed in winter, snow may make travel difficult and dangerous.

Swing bridges: There's a limit to the number people allowed on the swing bridges at any one time – be prepared to wait at each end if numbers allowed have been reached. 

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.

Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary. 

No camping until the conservation area boundary.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   0272696871
Fax:   03 4437660
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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