View from Whakaari towards the Dart River

Image: Stu Hardie | DOC


Discover historic miners huts and amazing views of the surrounding mountains in the Whakaari Conservation Area.

Place overview


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  • Horse riding
  • Hunting
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay Whakaari Conservation Area

About this place

Nature and conservation

Historic huts and mining relics are surrounded by stunning mountains covered in tussock. The walks and tramps offer grand views towards Lake Wakatipu, the Dart River and the Humboldt Mountains.

History and culture

Bonnie Jean Hut. Photo: Eiji Kitai.
Bonnie Jean Hut

The small town of Glenorchy, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, was thrown into the spotlight in the early 1880s due to the discovery of the mineral scheelite - "Otago's white gold". 

Restored huts, the battery site and other relics like the aerial cable way from Bonnie Jean Hut can be visited today. 

Bonnie Jean Hut is a historic hut, not for overnight use, on the Mt Judah Track. The existing hut, workshop and tractor shed are thought to date back to at least the 1940s.

Warning: Dangerous mine tunnels are present and may be hidden by vegetation. Do not enter tunnels. 

Getting there

Access Whakaari Conservation Area from a carpark 2 km south of Glenorchy on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd.


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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