Rees-Dart

The Rees-Dart Track is a demanding 4-5 day tramping circuit following both the Rees and the Dart rivers through dramatic valleys in the southern part of Mount Aspiring National Park. 

Info & Track operate daily track transport between Queenstown and Muddy Creek (Rees) or Chinaman's Bluff (Dart). All services stop in the township of Glenorchy en route.

The huts on the Rees and Dart tracks are positioned with the intention that trampers walk from Muddy Creek at the South end of the Rees Track, up to the Dart Hut, and back down the Dart Track to Chinaman's Bluff.

Either track can be walked separately via the Cascade Saddle, an alpine pass suitable for experienced trampers only. The Saddle is located 54kms from Wanaka in the West Matukituki Valley.  

If you are walking the Cascade Saddle from either end, contact us for information on transport to and from Raspberry Creek on the Wanaka side. Please note The Saddle is easiest when walked from the Wanaka side.

Don't have the right gear? Don't worry; Info & Track have a range of hiking and tramping essentials available to hire.   

Rees-Dart Track Essential Information

Time: 4-5 days

Track length: 62km

Distance from Queenstown: 76km (Chinaman’s Bluff), 68km (Muddy Creek)

Number of huts: 3

Grade: Moderately demanding tramp - most days average 6-8 hours of walking. Best for experienced trampers.

Highlights: The Rees-Dart Track has it all: incredible remote mountain scenery, fascinating forest and alpine vegetation, icy-blue rivers and the dramatic Dart Glacier!

All Services require a minimum of 2 passengers to confirm,

Important notice: due to sever track damage the track between Bedford Bridge and Sandy Bluff is now impassable and is CLOSED until further notice.

Rees-Dart Transport Timetable

FROM TO DEPARTURE TIMES PRICE
(ADULT/CHILD)
Queenstown Glenorchy
8am BOOK
12:15pm BOOK
4:30pm* BOOK
$26 $20
Queenstown Rees
8am BOOK
$52 $35
Queenstown Dart
12:15pm BOOK
$52 $35
Glenorchy Queenstown
10:30am BOOK
3pm BOOK
7pm* BOOK
$26 $20
Glenorchy Rees
9:15am BOOK
$36 $20
Glenorchy Dart
1:15pm BOOK
$36 $20
Dart Queenstown
2pm BOOK
$52 $35
Dart Glenorchy
2pm BOOK
$36 $20
Rees Queenstown
10am BOOK
$52 $35
Rees Glenorchy
10am BOOK
$36 $20

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Map of Track

The Divide Shelter

To Queenstown:

10:15am and 3:15pm

 

To Milford Sound:

11am (for cruise)

The Routeburn Shelter

To Queenstown or Glenorchy:

10am and 2pm

 

To Greenstone Car Park:

10am

Muddy Creek

To Queenstown or Glenorchy:

10am

 

Chinaman's Bluff

To Queenstown or Glenorchy:

2pm

 

The Divide

To Queenstown:

10.15am and 3.15pm

 

To Milford Sound:

11am (for cruise)

Greenstone Car Park

To Queenstown and Glenorchy:

12pm

The Divide

To Queenstown: 10.10am and 3.15pm

To Milford Sound: 11am

 

The Routeburn Shelter

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 10am & 2pm

To Greenstone Car Park: 10am

Muddy Creek

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 10am

Chinaman's Bluff

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 2pm

Greenstone Car Park

To Queenstown or Glenorchy: 12pm

Queenstown

To Glenorchy: 8am & 12.15pm

To Routeburn Shelter: 8am & 12.15pm

To Muddy Creek: 8am

To Chinaman's Bluff: 12.15pm

To Greenstone Car Park: 8am

To Divide/Milford: 6.55am & 10.45am

Glenorchy

To Queenstown: 10.30am and 3pm

To Routeburn Shelter: 9.30am and 1.30pm

To Muddy Creek: 9.15am

To Greenstone Car Park: 9.15am

To Chinaman's Bluff: 1.15pm

Glenorchy

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Other Track Options

Rees-Dart

A challenging yet rewarding four to five day tramping circuit through the Rees and Dart Valleys, connected by the Cascade Saddle to the Matukituki Valley. 

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