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Track Conditions and Status Updates

Please remember to contact the Department of Conservation before commencing your hike. The Queenstown Visitor Centre is located at 50 Stanley Street Queenstown or call +64 3 442 7935.

Last updated: 26th August 2015

Routeburn Track

  • Snow conditions, tree falls possible
    Snow and ice conditions on the Routeburn Track (between Divide and Routeburn Falls huts, including Key Summit Track). Alpine skills essential.

    The Routeburn Track (between Lake Howden and Routeburn Falls Hut) has a lot of challenging and complex avalanche terrain. Avalanches are frequent. Be avalanche alert in Fiordland
    Expect tree falls across the track.

  • Slip between Routeburn Flats and Routeburn Falls Huts
    Caution – an active slip exists between Flats and Falls Huts. Travel during bad weather is not recommended as rain is likely to result in further track damage. Do not attempt to cross if track is no longer present.
  • Bridges removed
    Avalanche-prone bridges are now removed from the Routeburn Track (2 bridges between Lake Mackenzie and Harris Saddle). River crossing skills are essential.
  • 29 May 2015: Reduced facilities and additional safety hazards from 30 April - 26 October 2015

    The Great Walks season has ended on the Routeburn Track.

    From 30 April 2015 to 26 October 2015, facilities are greatly reduced and there are additional safety hazards to consider. Walking the track during this time should only be attempted by fit, experienced and well-equipped people. For more information see Walking the Routeburn Track outside the Great Walks season.

 

Greenstone-Caples Track

  • Ice and snow possible on McKellar Saddle, alpine skills recommended – extreme care required.
  • Several slips between the Caples/Greenstone confluence and Mid-Caples Hut - navigate with care during poor weather.

Rees-Dart Track 

Dart Valley Track - due to severe track damage the track between Bedford Bridge and Sandy Bluff is impassable and is closed until further notice. The Rees/Dart circuit option is currently unavailable - people wanting to walk to/from the Dart Hut can still do so via the Rees Valley Track.

Whitbourn Track - the bridge crossing the Dart River to this track has been destroyed - river crossing skills are currently required. Caution required on track due to slip damage.

  • Ice and snow present on track
    Ice and snow present above bushline - alpine skills and equipment essential, extreme care required.
    Reviewed 4 August 2015
  • Ice and snow present on Cascade Saddle Route
    Route not recommended in current conditions.
    Reviewed on 4 August 2015
  • The Snowy Creek Bridge has been removed for winter.