ALL DOC FACILITIES CLOSED! Limited facilities in Arthur's Pass Village.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: ALL DOC campsites, huts, tracks, great walks, and visitor centres are now closed throughout New Zealand. HUNTING, FISHING, TRAMPING ETC IS NOT PERMITTED! No one is to use campsites or any hut for self-isolation or "lock-down"! Where ever you find yourself NOW (midnight 25th March), is where you MUST live for the NEXT 4 WEEKS+!

Only limited facilities / resources will be available in Arthur's Pass Village after midnight Wednesday 25th March.

Otira Valley Walk

TRACK GRADE: Tramping Track & Route

SHORT WALKING TIME: 40 minutes one way to the foot-bridge.

LONG WALKING TIME: 2 - 3 hours one way to the head of the valley using the mountaineers route.

FEATURES: Valley walk, Sub-alpine vegetation.

ROUTE GUIDE: Arthur's Pass Walks Brochure (PDF 3.7Mb)

LOCATION:The track starts at a carpark on the West side of the Summit of Arthur's Pass, approximately 7 km from Arthur's Pass Village towards the West Coast. The car-park is difficult to see when travelling from Arthur's Pass, slow down when you see the muddy Lake Misery on your left.

MAP: Click Here to open PDF File (660Kb).

DESCRIPTION: The track climbs over an old moraine, then follows the contour through subalpine scrub and tussock to the Otira River foot-bridge.

Beyond the bridge a unmarked route continues climbing across rock screes and boulders to the head of the valley, be careful as there is much loose rock. In Winter / Early Summer beware of avalanches onto the route above the foot-bridge.

Otira Valley
Otira Valley

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