Lower Wye Creek Track

Image: Richard Struthers | DOC

Introduction

This steep track follows the pipeline from the dam and leads you to the foot of a rock bluff. A further walk through beech forest takes you to the stream in the Lower Wye Creek basin.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

4 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

From the carpark by the Wye Creek Bridge, it’s a 45-min climb to the hydro dam. This steep, zig zag track follows the pipeline from the dam. Don’t cross the dam, climb away from the creek – the track leads to the foot of a rock bluff.

To reach the bush line and the Lower Wye Creek basin from the dam means another hour following a marked, benched track through beech forest. It then emerges beside the stream in the Lower Wye Creek basin.

Crosses private land.

The track offers rock climbing for all abilities on both sides of the creek, with climbs up to 50 m.

Getting there

Start/Finish: Wye Creek, SH6, 20 min drive from Queenstown

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.

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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