Cyclist on Minaret Burn Track

Image: Chrissy Wickes | DOC

Introduction

This walk passes through native forest and bush, crossing burns (streams) and giving access to Lake Wānaka itself. This track is suitable for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.

Track overview

45 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Expert: Grade 5

Other activities

  • Horse riding

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Starting from the carpark at Homestead Bay, the track follows Lake Wanaka to Minaret Burn.

From Homestead Bay, the walking track undulates gently above the Lake Wānaka shoreline until it meets a 4WD track. About 2 – 3 hours (7.5km) from Homestead Bay a track leads off to the right to Colquhouns Beach, a pleasant place to swim and picnic.

After crossing Station Creek, you’re in the conservation area of the same name and now following the Minaret Burn tramping track. This incorporates remnant forest and shrublands and provides access to the lake foreshore.

On the main track, after about 10 minutes, it crosses the Rumbling Burn. Take care crossing this burn as it may be impassable during snowmelt or after heavy rain. By taking the track to cross the burn you’re in the Minaret Burn Mouth Conservation Area.

From here the track climbs steeply out of Rumbling Burn Valley before following a gentle terrace to the Minaret Burn. It is a relatively easy walk up the valley. The burn’s true left is on Minaret Station and permission is required for access. This track is suitable for walking, mountain biking and horse riding. There are no horse gates. Riders must get access details and a gate key from West Wanaka Station (+64 3 443 7144) for locked gates on public tracks.

Side trip

Rumbling Burn Track

Distance: 2.25 km one way from Minaret Burn junction

At the far north end of Colquhouns Beach, before the hill climb, the Rumbling Burn Track leads off to the left. This track gives access (foot only) to the Mount Alta Conservation Area. It's an easy uphill sidle. At the mouth of the Rumbling Burn you’ll find a delightful bush-clad beach.

Getting there

The track starts at Homestead Bay, at the end of West Wanaka Road.

Know before you go

  • The Minaret Burn Track is by private land. Respect the landowner’s livestock and property by ensuring that gates are left as found and, where they’re provided, that stiles are used. 
  • Providing hunters have a current hunting permit for lands administered by DOC, unloaded firearms may be carried on tracks. Under no circumstances are firearms to be discharged prior to entering permitted hunting areas.
  • Minaret Hut is a private hut and permission must be obtained from West Wanaka Station before using it.

Safety

  • All trampers need to plan properly and be well equipped. This includes having appropriate maps. For this area the topographical map, topo50 CA12 Minaret Bay is recommended.
  • In summer, very hot and dry conditions are common. Make sure you carry an adequate water supply and, as this is a typical Central Otago climate, have adequate protection against the sun.
  • If venturing into the mountains, alpine conditions may be experienced at any time of year. Be prepared and ensure that you carry warm, windproof clothing and have the appropriate footwear. The higher country is under snow during the winter months.

Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information and the terrain rating for this track.

Unbridged rivers: There are river and stream crossings that become hazardous in heavy rain or snowmelt. Be prepared to turn back.

Contacts

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 443 7660
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   mtaspiringvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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