Cyclist on Minaret Burn Track
Image: Chrissy Wickes | DOC
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.
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.
The track starts at Homestead Bay, at the end of West Wanaka Road.
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.