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A varied day walk passing through ancient beech forest and high country tussock, with the option to overnight at the Fern Burn Hut
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The Wānaka end of the challenging, multi-day Motatapu Track provides an enjoyable day or overnight walk into the Fern Burn Hut. It begins with a trail through farmland following along the Fern Burn River and then on to steeper terrain as the river narrows and cascades down through ancient beech forest. Above the treeline the track climbs through upland tussock to the hut.

Please note that there is no public access to Motatapu Station beyond the bridge at the Motatapu Gorge. Refer to map in gallery above.

  • Start: Just before the first bridge / river ford on Motutapu Road, approx. 3km from Glendhu Bay Camp. The car park is on the right of the road and the track starts on the left side of the road.
  • Time: 3 – 4 hours (one way)
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Grade: Average fitness. Care required on some steep and exposed sections

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