Beech forest on the Mount Shrimpton Track

Image: DOC


A good, steep bush walk to the uplands of the McKerrow Range. Great views of the Makarora Valley below and the alps beyond.

Track overview

6 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

5 hr return to bush edge Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


From the carpark follow the nature walk through the forest of silver beech and podacarp 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 come out above the bushline. This is a good opportunity to ramble around this special upland environment, and get great views of the Makarora Valley and the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. 

Getting there

The carpark for this track and the Makarora Nature Walk is just north of the Makarora Tourist Centre on SH6. 

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.

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.


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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