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Lake Kaurapataka

TIME : 1-2 days

FEATURES : Rainforest, lake with huge (protected) eels, river flats, camping

MAP : NZTopo50: Moana BU20 (NZMS260: Otira K33)

ROUTE GUIDES : Harper Pass (see Kaurapataka side trip) (1.64MB)

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.

Lake Kaurapataka
Lake Kaurapataka


AdventureSmart - Tell someone where you are going!So you have an enjoyable and safe time for your visit to Arthur's Pass National Park, follow the Land Safety Code:

  • Choose the right trip
    • Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.
  • Understand the weather
    • It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.
  • Pack warm clothes and extra food
    • Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.
  • Share your plans and take ways to get help
    • Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.
  • Take care of yourself and each other
    • Eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

For more information, visit www.adventuresmart.nz/land/activities/ or use the Plan My Walk system planmywalk.nz/home


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