Rees-Dart Track

This article is an itinerary.

The Rees-Dart Track is a Department of Conservation Major Track located on New Zealand's South Island with portions of it in Mount Aspiring National Park.

For other tracks, see Tramping in New Zealand.

Understand

This is a moderately demanding circuit track taking four to five days of six and up to eight hours of walking per day. The fifth day is added if an extra day trip to the Dart Glacier is taken. Mt. Earnslaw (Pikirakatahi) and Slip Stream (Te Koroka) are Töpuni (sacred) sites of the Ngāi Tāhu Maori tribe. This track can also be linked to the Cascade Saddle track, but is suggested only for very experienced trampers.

Prepare

Just like any multi-night tramping excursion, be sure to lay out your plans in advance. Make a packing list and check it before leaving. Preparedness is key to surviving an emergency in the wilderness.

Transport

Throughout the Great Walks peak season, daily transport to the track is provided by Info&Track. Services are available from nearby towns of Queenstown or Glenorchy to either Muddy Creek or Chinaman's Bluff. Tel: 03 442 9708, +64 3 442 9708 or email mailto:adventure@infotrack.co.nz.

Stay safe

Be sure to register with the Department of Conservation (DOC) office in Glenorchy before heading out. Your check-in and subsequent check-out with the DOC will insure your safety in the wilderness. If you do not check-out by the date you've specified during registration a search will commence shortly thereafter.

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