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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. After the Rees Valley, it 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 as well as 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. Reservations are not required and subsequently, hut accommodation is also considerably cheaper.

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.

Rees to Dart Direction $120  Book Now

Dart to Rees Direction $120 Book Now

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