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Remarkables and Wye Creek, Otago

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Remarkables and Wye CreekExperienced

Submitted by Kevin Dibley

Info Info

Trail Information

16.80km

590m

1650m

 

Otago

Queenstown

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Mountainous

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Experienced

5:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)

-15.0%

+13.1%

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Description

There are two ways into the Wye Valley:
1. From the car park head up the Lake Alta track to Lake Alta and here pick uptake poled route to the saddle that is just under Pt2050.
2. Head for the saddle to the east (left as you look at it) by tracing the route on the map that goes with this guide.
Once over either saddle, you need to get a direct sight of the lower lakes and slowly aim toward them. You will be going over snow grass and schist boulder slopes - it's steep in places and carefully route choice is important.

After the lakes there isa 300m bluff that you need to pick your way down and then you just need to keep the river to your right as you head down into the Valley.

In the lower half of the run, follow the cairns (man made stone piles) that lead you on the right paths. Some are hard to see but keep an eye out.
When you get to the trees at the gorge, look out for the orange DOC triangle and cross the river. You'll see a trail and it will lead to the DOC sign for Carpark.


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Features of interest

Snow and schist, big waterfalls, a few lakes, running beside a river all the way down.


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 65%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%


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  • Access

    At the base of the Remarkables Ski Field Base building

    Plenty of parking at the Base building. One way trip though so best to get dropped off, and picked up at bottom of run (or leave a car at end of run)

    24 km

    37 minutes

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    No

  • Staying Safe

    Hard.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    Fairly safe in that you are following the valley down. Careful on picking the bluff descent spots.

    Non-existent.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map.

    Throughout run. When needed, take it from the river.

    Snow and winter will be a problem and dangerous. Also with high winds and rain, it can funnel through the valley.

    Streams run under the boggy patches and your footing can break through so be careful running through that.
    When going down the bluffs, make sure your running partner isn't directly below you as loose rocks (large enough) can be deadly.

  • Post run indulgence

    Jacks Point Clubhouse
    Jacks Point, Queenstown
    http://www.jackspoint.com/restaurant/
    Soak your legs in Lake Tewa and enjoy a beer or two. Awesome staff

    Gibbston Tavern
    Gibbston Valley, Queenstown
    http://www.gibbstontavern.co.nz
    Pick a shady tree on the grass, and enjoy a beer and pizza.

    Sherwood Pub
    Queenstown
    http://sherwoodqueenstown.nz/
    Good beer, laid back and enjoy the food and young crowd

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