IntroductionA good, steep bush walk to the uplands of the McKerrow Range. Great views of the Makarora Valley below and the alps beyond.
From the carpark follow the nature walk through the forest of silver beech and podocarp species: matai, miro, kahikatea and rimu. Keep an eye out for the birdlife too, including kārearea/New Zealand falcon, kererū/wood pigeon and kea.
A sign indicates where the Mount Shrimpton Track branches off. From here on the track climbs steeply to the bush line. Beyond the bush line, it is possible to follow the ridgeline and ramble around this special upland environment for great views of the Makarora Valley and the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana.
The carpark for this track and the Makarora Nature Walk is just north of Wonderland Lodge on SH6, Makarora.
The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, waterproof, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present. Check the Mount Aspiring National Park weather forecast – NIWA website.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.