• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic

Duration: 4-6 hours. Trail is extremely well marked. Beautiful lake with crystal clear reflections. Lots of sheep. Relatively easy day hike. Views of Lake Wakatipu. 13km roundtrip. Elevation Gain 365m.

The track begins from the Greenstone carpark. After walking for around 5 minutes, you will chose which direction you would like to complete the loop. For our hike we chose to go left over the swing bridge that crosses the river. After crossing the river you continue through open farm paddocks. There are many sheep and cow around this area so remember to be respectful and stay as far away as possible. Follow the orange markets through these fields for around an hour before a short descent to Elfin Bay. From here you begin a climb through red beech forrest. The trail remains at a gradual uphill for around an hour until reaching the lake. Continue around the lake and head through the value. You will come to another large bridge to cross over the river. Here there is a brief steep ascent to reach the Greenstone Track. After here you follow the track through the forrest, along the river for around two hours back to the carpark.

This track is very well marked with both trail markers and signs throughout.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Hiking Boots
  • Warm clothes (especially in Winter)
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Lauren Schusterman Explorer

Law student at the University of Michigan. Born and raised in Boulder, CO. In love with the outdoors and all it has to offer.

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