Roaring Meg Pack Track starts from Tuhoy's Gully car park. You can go on to walk Circuit Track or Cardrona-Cromwell Pack Track.
Roaring Meg Pack Track
Time: Tuohys Gully Car park - Meg Hut 2 hr (6.5 km)
Time: Tuohys Gully Car park - Roaring Meg Car park 5-6 hr (19 km)
From the Tuohys Gully car park an access track climbs steadily up the gully to the 1140 m Tuohys Saddle. Nearing the saddle the marked track forks - the left fork descends to DOC's Meg hut.
Following the right fork, the main Roaring Meg Pack Track follows an easy-grade track down to Miners Hut, a privately owned musterers hut. The track goes sideways through some steep sections as it follows the gorge of the Roaring Meg/Te Wai a Korokio.
Mountain bikes, firearms and dogs are not permitted on the track from the conservation boundary to the Roaring Meg Power Station as this crosses a privately owned working farm - access through this section is for walkers and trampers only.
The farm track from the conservation boundary to above the Meg Dam is not well marked. Follow the road down to the Roaring Meg Recreation Reserve, opposite the power station on SH6 in the Kawarau Gorge.
Facilities: 8 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served
Time: 4 - 5 hr (14 km)
This provides the opportunity to explore part of the Pisa Range and finish where you started. Follow the Roaring Meg Pack Track from the Tuohys Gully car park to Tuohys Saddle. Take the track on the left to Meg Hut and follow the Roaring Meg Stream down to Miners Hut (private). This will involve a number of river crossings. The return journey is via an easy ascent to Tuohys Saddle, then the descent to the car park.
Cardrona-Cromwell Pack Track
Time: Meg Hut - Deep Creek Hut 2.5 - 3 hr (8 km)
From Meg Hut the poled track climbs through the Pisa Conservation Area’s golden tussock grasslands before traversing along one of the areas many prominent ridgelines. After passing through sections of an old water race the track descends a 4WD road to the historic 6 bunk Deep Creek Hut – exit the same way.
Deep Creek Hut
Facilities: 6 bunk beds, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served
Access to the tracks is from Tuohys Gully car park which is off the lower section of the Waiorau Snowfarm Road, 22 km from Wanaka on the Cardrona Valley Road.
Roaring Meg Pack Track: The section from the Roaring Meg Power Station to the conservation boundary crosses a private working farm. To ensure continued access through this section visitors must respect the landowner's conditions: no dogs, mountain bikes or firearms are permitted.
Cardrona–Cromwell Pack Track: The landowner has closed the section of from Deep Creek Hut to the Lowburn car park (Swann Road). There is no exit via this section of track.
Access via the Waiorau Snow Farm road
If you are not paying to use their facilities, using the Snow Farm access road to reach the Pisa Conservation Area incurs a fee of $20 per car. The charge is year-round, covers the duration of your stay and allows parking in the section designated near the Snow Farm Lodge.
Foot access is not permitted on the Snow Farm road.
In winter (June - August) the fee is to be paid at the Snow Farm Lodge office and visitors are advised to also register their intentions there.
In spring/autumn (September - May), visitors must park their vehicles at the southern end of the main car park, as the DOC sign indicates, and then leave the $20 fee and vehicle details in the security box provided. Southern Hemisphere Proving Ground operates year round, so be aware of machinery and vehicles operating in the car park at all times.
Access roads to the north are used for vehicle testing – extreme care is required. Photographs near and entry to this testing area is not permitted.
Foot access to the Pisa Conservation Area is via an easement marked with orange marker poles from the DOC sign.
Know before you go
- In summer, very hot and dry conditions are common. Carrying an adequate supply of both drinking water and sun protection is essential.
- In winter, mountaineering experience is required along with knowledge of avalanche conditions.
- Firearms are not permitted on easements through private property including transportation in vehicles. Entry with a firearm is permitted via the Crown Saddle Car Park.
Dogs are allowed in the conservation area but entry/exit is restricted to the Crown Saddle Carpark access. All other entry points are via easements through private property and require landowner permission to enter with a dog including transporting them in vehicles.
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.
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