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Charming campsite

Camping in the Dart Valley. Photo: Jingyi Tan
Time
4 days
Grade
Moderate
Access
Raspberry Creek car park west of Wanaka, or the Rees Valley Road north of Glenorchy
Map
CA11, CA10, CB10

Dart Hut campsite, Mt Aspiring National Park

Although lesser-known than the nearby Routeburn Track, the Rees-Dart offers great tramping through a wide range of different landscapes – from lush meadows and gentle streams, to rocky alpine landscapes, dense beech forests and glaciers.

With a large landslip and severe erosion around Sandy Bluff closing that section of the Dart Track, the Dart Hut campsite can only be accessed from the Rees Valley or, for the adventurous, via the Matukituki Valley and Cascade Saddle.

– Jingyi Tan

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