Hakatere Conservation Park - Methven Mt Hutt Guide NZ

Hakatere Conservation Park

Hakatere Conservation Park covers nearly 60,000 hectares of rugged mountain country, tussocklands, beech forest, wetlands, and sparkling clear rivers and lakes between two mighty rivers the Rakaia and Rangitata.

There are a number of different access points into Hakatere Conservation Park, each with a range of walks & hikes available.

Walking & Hiking Tracks accessed via Ashburton Gorge Road

  • Stour Bridge car park to Lake Emily – 15 km, 5 hr
  • Mount Barrosa summit track – 3.5 km, 2 hr 30 min

Walking & Hiking Tracks accessed via Hakatere Potts Road

  • Lake Emma car park to Lake Camp – 9 km, 3 hr
  • Access track to Lake Roundabout – 60 m, 5 min
  • Lake Clearwater circuit track – 10.3 km, 3 hr
  • Lake Clearwater to Mount Guy summit – 4.3 km, 2 hr 30 min
  • Potts River car park to Mystery Lake – 9.2 km, 4 hr
  • Potts River car park to Potts Hut  – 23 km, 9 hr
  • Te Araroa: Potts River car park to Buicks Bridge car park – 21 km, 7 hr
  • Mount Sunday easement track – 1.5 km, 30 min
  • Mount Potts easement track – 1.5 km, 30 min

Walking & Hiking Tracks accessed via Hakatere Heron Road

  • Buicks Bridge car park to Boundary Creek Hut – 13.9 km, 5 hr
  • Buicks Bridge car park to Potts Hut – 29.7 km, 11 hr
  • Te Araroa: Buicks Bridge car park to Potts River car park – 21 km, 7 hr
  • Lake Emily to Stour Bridge car park – 15 km, 5 hr
  • Lake Emily to Manuka Hut – 4.5 km, 1 hr 30 min
  • Te Araroa: Lake Emily to Rakaia valley – 43 km, 14 hr 30 min
  • Lake Heron car park to Lake Hill – 1.5 km, 45 min

Walking & Hiking Tracks accessed via Blackford Road / Double Hill Run Road

  • Rakaia valley to Tribulation Hut – 10 km, 3 hr 30 min
  • Rakaia valley to A-Frame Hut – 9.5 km, 3 hr
  • A-Frame Hut to Comyns Hut – 6.5 km, 2 hr
  • Comyns Hut to Double Hut – 17 km, 7 hr
  • Te Araroa: Rakaia valley to Lake Emily – 43 km, 14 hr 30 min

Hakatere Conservation Park Information & Maps

  • Classification: Range of tracks from Walking Track to Route.
  • Facilities: Parking and public toilets are available at various places throughout the Park.
  • More info: Collect a Hakatere Conservation Park brochure from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.
  • Please note: Bikes are allowed on some walkways. Boating on most of the lakes is restricted to paddle-propelled craft only. Lake Camp also allows motor and wind propelled boats, and Lake Clearwater also allows wind propelled boats. Recreational hunting is allowed on public conservation land in and around Hakatere Conservation Park. Dogs are permitted in most of Hakatere Conservation Park; however, they are not permitted around the shores of Lake Heron, Lake Clearwater and and Maori Lakes. Horses are also allowed and riders are encouraged to ride with care for the environment and others. 4WD’s are asked to follow the code of conduct to protect the environment and for the long-term sustainability of off-road driving. Refer to brochure for more details on all these subjects.