View over the Matukituki Valley

Image: Tomas Sobek | Creative Commons


The Shotover Saddle Route offers magnificent views of the West Matukituki and Rob Roy valleys.

Track overview

4 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

6 hr Expert: Route

Seasonal restrictions

The route is closed for lambing from 17 October to 7 November inclusive.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Just past the prominent Brides Veil Waterfall a sign indicates the start of the marked route which follows a leading ridge up towards the Shotover Saddle. The route initially negotiates patches of bracken before reaching higher tussock slopes.

Just below the saddle a shelf with a large tarn makes an easier finish to the saddle for magnificent views of the West Matukituki and Rob Roy Valleys.

Beyond the saddle there is no marked route, naviational skills are required. Prior permission is required from Branches Station to exit via the Shotover River.

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.

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.

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.


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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