Introduction

The track follows the historic Welshmen’s Water Race through several creeks, then steadily climbs to Ben Cruachan with good views of Lake Wakatipu, the Basin and Nevis Bluff.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

8 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

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.

Getting there

Start/Finish: Coal Pit Saddle Rd car park.

Know before you go

This is a high altitude walk and suitable for summer only, when snow may still be present. Be prepared for sudden weather changes.

No vehicles.

Contacts

Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   queenstownvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Queenstown
9300
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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