Image of the December 2014 Wilderness Magazine Cover Read more articles from the
December 2014 Issue
Home / Articles / Waypoints

A tarn fine spot

Excellent camping opportunities on the Wye Creek Route Photo: Dennis Radermacher
2-3hr to Wye Creek tarns
Park at The Remarkables ski field

Wye Creek Route, The Remarkables

My partner and I set off one weekend to journey into The Remarkables from the conveniently located ski field car park.

We followed the markers to Lake Alta, an easy half-hour walk away. From here we ventured a vague, mostly unmarked route to the saddle east of Double Cone.

We followed the Wye Creek Route from the saddle towards a few large tarns where the landscape changed drastically. The ski field with its barren, rocky terrain dominates the northern side of the saddle while the south side boasts a basin with smoothly rolling terrain full of tussock and dotted with tarns.

There is the possibility of traversing the mountains to the east, opposite The Remarkables, tarn-hopping all the way to Lake Hope, six kilometres south. The lake would have been a great destination for a full day’s walk but with bad weather closing in, we decided not to risk crossing the exposed ridgeline. Instead, we continued down the Wye Creek Route and found ourselves a campsite with an impressive view across a large tarn.

Subscribe and save 61% for the first five months

$2.50/per month

Gain instant access to all stories, trips and gear reviews for the super low price of $2.50/month (normally $6.50/month) for the first five months. You’ll also get the Wilderness Wildcard, which offers discounts at more than 20 partners around New Zealand.

Just choose a monthly website-only subscription and use coupon code ‘2fifty’ to receive this special price.

Or view all our subscription options.

Already a subscriber? Login Now.

Discount applies to the first five monthly payments after which time the subscription price will revert to the current $6.50/month. Cancel your next payment at any time in your ‘My Account’ page. NZ subscribers only receive WildCard.