TIME : 1-2 days
FEATURES : Rainforest, lake with huge (protected) eels, river flats, camping
MAP : NZTopo50: Moana BU20 (NZMS260: Otira K33)
HOW HARD IS IT?
You must cross the Otira River. Even when this river is low it helps to cross it with a friend. The rest of the trip is quite straightforward, though you need a map, as most of the route up the Taramakau River is trackless.
A side trip (one day) to the hot springs in the Otehake River could be taken from the lake.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Start at Aickens, 15 km west of Otira. Coast to Coast Bus from Arthur's Pass (10.30am), Pvt Car or Hitch.
So you have an enjoyable and safe time during your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park follow these 5 simple rules...
1. PLAN YOUR TRIP
Seek local knowledge and plan the route you will take and the amount of time you can reasonably expect it to take.
2. TELL SOMEONE
Tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Visit the AdventureSmart Website to file an intentions form with someone you trust!
3. BE AWARE OF THE WEATHER
New Zealand's weather can be highly unpredictable. Check the forecast and expect weather changes. Check out the Arthur's Pass Weather Forecast here.
4. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Challenge yourself within your physical limits and experience. Learn safe ways of rescuing others without putting yourself in danger.
5. TAKE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES
Make sure you have enough food, clothing, equipment and emergency rations for the worst-case scenario. Take an appropriate means of communication.
For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.org.nz/land-adventures