View from Bonnie Jean Hut

Image: Stu Hardie | DOC


Scheelite mining history, open tussock country and grand views await on these tracks - with the option of staying overnight in the basic Heather Jock Hut.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 - 3 hr one way | 3 - 4 hr 30 min one way Intermediate: Great Walk/Easier tramping track
Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Intermediate: Grade 3

Other activities

  • Horse riding

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Mt Judah Track (to Bonnie Jean Hut)

Time: 2 - 3 hr one way
Track category: Great Walk/Easier tramping track 

From the information shelter, an easy climb leads up the old Mt Judah Road, which sidles around the northern side of Mt Judah. The track passes the Glenorchy Scheelite Battery and the State Mine before reaching a junction one hour and 30 minutes from the carpark. From the junction continue up to the end of the Judah Road. From here, Bonnie Jean Hut (day use only) is a half hour climb up a marked track.

Mountain biking

Intermediate track, gentle to steep climb.

This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.

Horse riding

Horse riding is also possible on this track.

Heather Jock Track (Bonnie Jean Hut to Heather Jock Hut)

Time: from Bonnie Jean Hut, 1 - 1 hr 30 min one way
Track category: Tramping track suitable for experienced trampers 

From the Judah Road below Bonnie Jean Hut (day use only), a marked track follows an old mining road, that zig zags steeply to Heather Jock Hut. From the hut, the track sidles down to Bonnie Jean Hut (day use only) before dropping back down to the end of the road.

Getting there

Turn to the right off the Queenstown-Glenorchy Rd, 2 km before Glenorchy, to reach the Whakaari Conservation Area carpark.

Know before you go

  • The Whakaari tracks are alpine and exposed: changeable  weather, extreme temperatures, strong winds, snow and ice are possible at any time of year. Not recommended during winter months or unfavourable conditions.
  • Streams may flood at any time of year due to rain or snow melt and should not be crossed in flood.
  • Dangerous mine tunnels are present and may be hidden by vegetation. Do not enter tunnels.

Use NZTopo50 map sheets CB10.

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.


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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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