Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka routes
Located in Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park in the Southland region
IntroductionA spectacular conservation park in the Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka for the more adventurous tramper, hunter or trout fisher.
- Four wheel driving
- Horse riding
Time: 1 hr 30 min
From the picnic area off Mulholland Road a track leads off up the true left riverbank, crossing to the true right after about an hour. About 20 minutes further on a two bunk bivvy, known as “The Mansion”, is located in a small clearing. Above this point the river runs through steeply gorged country and travel is difficult.
Mount Bee Ridge
Time: 3 - 4 hr
A four wheel drive road leads off the end of Irthing Road and climbs up Mount Bee to a group of huts 2-3 hours walk from the road. From here the road continues for another 6 kilometres where there is ready access to both the upper Irthing and Cromel valleys.
Access to Mt Bee is restricted. Anyone requiring access by foot or vehicle must seek approval from the landowner and give at least 2 days notice. Contact the landowner Ben Walling +64 27 444 6823.
Cromel Valley to Cromel Branch Hut
Time: 4 - 4 hr 30 min
The Cromel Valley 4WD track passes through about three kilometres of privately owned native forest before reaching public land. The Cromel Hut is another three kilometres along this track. The track then climbs to the saddle between the Acton and Cromel branch before descending to the Cromel Branch Hut.
Cromel Base Hut
Cromel Branch Hut
Acton Valley to Cromel Hut
Time: 2 hr 30 min - 3 hr
The track enters the bush about 20 metres north of the former Acton Hut site and follows up the ridge to a saddle before descending to the Cromel Stream which is crossed about five minutes north of the Cromel Hut.
Acton Valley to Cromel Branch Hut
Time: 4 - 5 hr
The track starts on the true left bank of the Acton Stream where it enters the bush. Cromel Branch Hut is on the true right of the valley clear of the forest edge.
Acton Valley to Islands Hut
Time: 5 - 6 hr
The track crosses to the true right bank and climbs to the ridge and then to the open tops. From here, the route is unmarked to Islands Hut. It's also possible to travel across the tops from Islands Hut to Windley Hut, Ashton Hut, Cromel Bivvy and Cromel Branch Hut.
This hut is located on the upper bush edge above the Ashton Burn. As the stream runs through a gorge the easiest route is along the broad open ridge which leads away from the Ōreti-Ashton junction to the tops.
It is less than an hours drive from Invercargill and Queenstown on SH6.
Practical and legal public access is available to the Ōreti, Acton, Cromel, Eyre Creek and Mataura catchments. Elsewhere access is over private roads or pastoral run land and permission must be obtained to cross it.
Access via Eyre Creek Station
A gate code is needed for access to Eyre Creek Station. Obtain the gate code at least two days in advance. Call or text the landowner between 8 am and 6 pm. The landowner is not available for contact outside of these hours.
Contact: Allan +64 27 652 9022 (between 8 am and 6 pm)
Eyre Creek Station access rules:
- Do not disturb residents at Eyre Creek Station
- Be aware of children
- Enter and exit farm during daylight hours only.
- Dirt bikes are not allowed
- Keep to speed limits through the farm (10 km past offfice, 15 km through farm property)
- Stay on the track and no stopping on the private road until the public conservation land (PCL) boundary (7 km from locked gate).
- Give way to stock being moved on farm.
- Leave gates as you find them.
- Dogs must stay inside vehicles until PCL boundary.
- No spot lighting.
- No discharging of firearms on private land.
Not recommended for inexperienced outdoor people. The terrain is remote and physically demanding while weather patterns can change dramatically with little warning.
Stay safe when crossing rivers
If you plan to cross unbridged rivers, know how to cross safely and be prepared for if you cannot cross.
Do not cross if the river is flooded, you cannot find safe entry and exit points or are unsure it’s safe. Turn back or wait for the river to drop. If in doubt, stay out.
More detailed track information
Further information is available in "Moirs Guide South” edited by Robin McNeill.
Stay safe in the outdoors
- Take the right gear for your trip: Walking and tramping gear lists.
- Tell a trusted person your plans and when to raise the alarm if you haven’t returned. Send them the information directly, or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk.
- Follow the five essential steps of the Land Safety Code.
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