All major Wakatipu tracks and campsites managed by the
Department of Conservation are open for the summer holidays,
but trampers are urged to check the latest conditions in the
Caples and Dart Valleys.
Popular Routeburn, Greenstone-Caples and Rees-Dart tracks
were open for use although the public should be aware a new
hut in the Mid-Caples was being built and the old hut had
been taken down, conservation services manager John Roberts
''Trampers in the Caples Valley are not yet able to use the
new hut at Mid-Caples [and] camping is not allowed near the
construction site,'' Mr Roberts said.
''Hut accommodation is available as normal at the Upper
Caples Hut, the recently enlarged McKellar Hut and the
Some extensive windfalls had been cleared and trampers would
notice major upgrades to the Caples, Routeburn and Dart
Valley tracks, Mr Roberts said .
''These changes have improved the walking surface; the
durability of the tracks. Any construction disturbance is
expected to be short-lived.
''Experience has shown that before long natural revegetation
will grow over any freshly exposed ground.''
The Doc Wakatipu district office was monitoring slips in the
Caples and Dart valleys and trampers were advised to check
the latest conditions at the Queenstown Visitor Centre and
with the hut wardens in those valleys.
''Diversions around the problem areas may be required if the
slips result in further track damage, particularly during
periods of heavy rain,'' Mr Roberts said.
''Tramping in the Caples Valley is not advised during poor
weather when the river levels are up and the slips are likely
to be more active.
''In these conditions, parties should consider travelling
through the Greenstone Valley instead.''
Doc campsites, such as 12 Mile Delta, Moke Lake and Kinloch,
are also ready for use this summer.
The Lake Sylvan campground, just before the Routeburn Track,
was upgraded over the winter. It now has a new water supply,
upgraded toilets and a more user-friendly layout.
• For the latest in track conditions, hut tickets and Great
Walk bookings, contact the Queenstown Visitor Centre, 38
Shotover St. Summer opening hours are 8.30am to 6pm, seven
days a week.