Matukituki -- East Branch   

This spectacular valley is about one hour from Wanaka. MAP

Walk Time Refs Trips
a Glacier Burn 2-4h return from track start MN p.83
Marked track; unmarked track photos
b Junction Flat 3h from road (Cameron Flat) MN p.83
Camp; Mt. Dragonfly (13h) photos
c Aspiring Flat 1h from Junction Flat MN pp.83,87
Camp; explore valley; Rainbow Valley; Mt. Sisyphus photos
d Ruth flat 6h from Junction Flat MN p.83-85 Camp; Rabbit Pass (10h); Mount Lois (11h) photos

Add 30min each way to b unless river is low

MN = Moir's Guide North (available from DOC).
Blue text and thumbnails are links
When the river is low, the valley is reached by crossing the West Matukituki at Cameron flat. Otherwise cross at the footbridge 2.5km up the road. Travel to Glacier Burn is on farmland, and is most pleasant by mountain bike.

a. Glacier Burn

The marked track starts about 100m south of Glacier Burn, climbs over a spur, and drops to the burn (1hr). There is a good campsite here, and distant views of the head of the valley. Better views can be had by continuing up valley in the bush on the true right of the burn (serious trampers only). Follow an unmarked track. When that ends, continue across a small gulley, and climb about 25m up an easy spur to a flat shelf. Follow the shelf up (no tracks, but easy travel except for windfalls).
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Valley head Avalanche Avalanche Mildewed Meg Rock Gorge

b.To Junction Flat

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W Matukituki Bluff E Matukituki E Matukituki
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E Matukituki Camp E Matukituki Junction Flat

c. Aspiring Flat (Kitchener Valley)

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Kitchener valley Sisyphus Sisyphus Head
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Fastness Pk Fastness Pk Up Kitchener Down Kitchener

Head of Kitchener

From the flat, it is possible to walk to the head of the valley (but travel becomes difficult near the head).
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Head Head Head Head Nest

Rainbow valley; towards Mt Sisyphus

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Bush Avalanche snow Fastness face Sisyphus bush Waterfall Down Rainbow Up Rainbow

Ridge of Mt Sisyphus

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Sisyphus ridge Pope's Nose Moncrief Peak Sisyphus ridge Dragonfly Pk Scrub
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Scrub Fastness Pk Kitchener Head Kitchener Head Sisyphus ridge Sunrise

d. Ruth Flat

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Lower valley Kitchener Ruth flat Ruth flat
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Camp Sisyphus route Ruth stream Ruth flat

Towards the head of the East Matukituki and Rabbit Pass

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Hut Waterfall Picklehaube peak Picklehaube peak
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Valley top Valley top Sisyphus

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