Discover a wilderness experience in the heart of the Southern Alps.
About the Rees – Dart Track
The Rees-Dart track is a moderately demanding 4-5 day hiking circuit that passes through spectacular alpine scenery, linked by a high mountain pass.
This magnificent but challenging alpine circuit allows you to explore the rural landscapes of the Rees Valley and then descends into the pristine and wild Dart Valley. The hike can be made even more spectacular by including a day trip up to the Cascade Saddle and the Dart Glacier in the heart of the Southern Alps.
The Rees – Dart track is becoming increasingly popular track for those looking for an alternative when the Routeburn track is fully booked. Not being a ‘Great Walk’, reservations are not required and hut accommodation is also considerably cheaper, though overcrowding becomes a risk.
There are three DOC huts on the track, serviced with solid fuel fires for heating, mattresses and running water. Hikers should carry their own cookers. Hut wardens are present on the tracks from late October until mid-April.
Backcountry Hut Tickets or an Annual Hut Pass must be purchased in advance from DOC offices or approved outlets.
The safest time of year to hike the Rees – Dart track is from December to April. Outside of these months, heavy snowfall and hazardous creeks can make the track dangerous. Recommended for fit and experienced hikers only, most days include six to eight hours of walking.
Transport to and from Rees – Dart Track
The Rees – Dart Track circuit can be walked in either direction, but is usually completed by starting at Muddy Creek and finishing at Chinamans Bluff. Transport is available all year round from Queenstown or Glenorchy to and from Muddy Creek (start of Rees Track) or Chinamans Bluff (end of Dart Track).
Track end to track end transport is available, as well as a return to Queenstown.