Bridge crossing the Liverpool Stream

Image: Jess Clark | ©

Introduction

Liverpool Track is in the Matukituki Valley, an hour’s drive west from Wanaka. The track starts at Aspiring Hut which you get to on the West Matukituki Track.

Track overview

15 km one way return via same track

Walking and tramping

5 hr 30 min - 6 hr 30 min one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Raspberry Creek car park to Pearl Flat

Time: 3 hr 30 min - 4 hr
Distance: 14 km

Follow the West Matukituki Track from Raspberry Creek car park to Pearl Flat.

Pearl Flat to Liverpool Hut

Time: 2 hr - 2 hr 30 min
Distance: 1 km

From Pearl Flat, cross the swing bridge at Liverpool Stream. The track to Liverpool Hut (1,100 m) is a steep and often slippery climb to the bushline. Above the bush the track initially leads across steep exposed shingle, rock and tussock terrain before bearing left up an easier tussock slope to reach a knoll overlookingthe hut. Note: When the hut is first sighted, do not sidle across to the hut below this knoll.

Getting there

Liverpool Hut Track is in the Matukituki valley, an hour’s drive west from Wanaka.

Know before you go

  • Tussock and rock can be treacherous and slippery when wet or covered in snow.
  • Plan properly and ensure that you follow the outdoor safety code.
  • Overnight trampers need a sleeping bag, cooking utensils and sufficient food, warm and waterproof clothing – including gloves and hat.
  • Good fitness and equipment make all the difference to enjoying your trip, especially as unpredictable weather patterns mean that cold temperatures, snow, strong winds and heavy rain can occur at any time of the year. These valleys aren’t closed in winter, but snow can 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.

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.

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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