Mt Taranaki from Lake Dive track
Image: Rachel Smith | Creative Commons
There are two options to reach Lake Dive Hut.
The upper level track follows the Fanthams Peak track to 1,500 m altitude then turns left to traverse tussock slopes before descending to the hut.
The lower level track undulates through forest, crossing many streams. Combining the two gives a full day tramp or a moderate overnight tramp.
The picturesque Lake Dive lies at the foot of the upper Beehive, a cumulo dome created when lava welled up and congealed before it could burst through.
Picturesque Lake Dive
Start this track from the Dawson Falls road end.
In Stratford, turn off SH23 into Celia Street, which becomes Opunake Road. Follow this for 14 km, then turn right into Manaia Road and travel 9 km up the mountain to Dawson Falls visitor centre.
On the lower track, unbridged stream crossings can become impassable after heavy rainfall. Expect overgrown sections of track and some erosion in places.
The upper track is very exposed and not recommended in winter unless parties are equipped with ice axe and crampons. It is better to return on the lower track during this time of year.