Morning on the Mataketake Tops, Mica Mine Tops Route
Image: Albert Nisbet | Creative Commons



The Mica Mine Tops Route is a challenging route within the rugged backcountry environment of South Westland.

Walking and tramping

8 hr from SH6 Expert: Route

Seasonal restrictions

In winter, snow may affect access to, and along, the tops to the hut.

The tracks are located in a popular Haast Roar hunting area, so may be particularly busy throughout the Roar period (mid-March to mid-April).

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact closest DOC office to get a permit. Other pets on conservation land rules.

Stay safe in the outdoors

  1. Choose the right trip for you. Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  2. Understand the weather. Check weather forecasts
  3. Pack warm clothes and extra food. Check gear lists
  4. Share your plans and take ways to get help. Share directly or use the Outdoor Intentions form or Plan My Walk. Take a distress beacon. 
  5. Take care of yourself and each other.


Awarua/Haast Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 750 0809
Address Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast 7886
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