Greenstone Track, Queenstown
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The Greenstone and Caples Tracks form a tramping (hiking) circuit which is located in the South Island of New Zealand. Each track can be completed by itself and are linked by the McKellar Saddle while the loop also links to several other tracks including the New Zealand Great Walk of the Routeburn Track as well as the Mavora Lakes Conservation Park tracks. All of these areas are part of the Te Wāhipounamu/South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area.Ownership and accessThe Caples Track follows the Caples River up the privately owned Caples Valley while the Greenstone Track follows the Greenstone River in the Greenstone Valley which is also privately owned. Much of the area is owned by the local tribe of the Ngāi Tahu while most of the tracks are in the Greenstone and Caples Conservation Areas with some also being a part of the Fiordland National Park around Lake McKellar. The whole track is open to public access as long as stock is not disturbed.HutsThere are three public huts on the tracks, the Greenstone Hut, the McKellar Hut and the Mid Caples Hut. There are also several private huts as well as some hunters huts: The Mid Greenstone Hut and the Upper Caples Hut.
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  • Long endlessly beautiful valleys. Farmland and great little places to swim especially at the Greenstone hut... venture down along an old fishing track and theres the most beautiful still pools along t...  more »
  • The Greenstone tracks start from the car park at the end of Greenstone Road, 86 km from Queenstown, via Glenorchy. It's around 4 day round trip, a moderately demanding tramp with some days averaging 6...  more »
  • We freedom hiked The Grand Traverse (a combo of Greenstone and Routeburn) as part of a small group organised by Dunedin Rotary Club. Ages ranged from about 55 to 76. When we met the group we thought t...  more »