From the Coal Pit Rd car park, the route follows the historic Welshmen’s Water Race through several creeks, then steadily climbs to the Remarkables Conservation Area boundary. The route then follows Mt Salmond Ridge to Ben Cruachan to give good views of Lake Wakatipu, the Basin and Nevis Bluff.
The water race was built by Welshmen for what were unsuccessful gold mining operations around Gibbston.
Crosses private land.
Start/Finish: Coal Pit Saddle Rd car park.
This is a high altitude walk and suitable for summer only, when snow may still be present. Be prepared for sudden weather changes.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.