Minaret Burn Track (short)Beginner
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
LakesideOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslands
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The Minaret Burn Track leaves from the car park and starts with a couple of kms of nice single track, with a couple of decent little hills to get you warmed up.
It then joins the farm track - turn right and follow the trail for just short of another 8km. You go over one small saddle and drop to Colquhouns Flat. Two or three small side streams need to be negotiated (no problems keeping feet dry in normal flows) before you reach the slightly wider/fuller Rumbling Burn. This is the turnaround point for the short version of this run, but if you want to continue you'll be in for a BIG climb up the zigzags on the other side of the stream.
Re-trace your steps, enjoy the views of Colquhouns Beach and, as you descend back to the start, the stunning view across the Matukituki River mouth to Roys Peak and other classic Wanaka hills.
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Features of interest
Stunning views of the high mountains all around Lake Wanaka.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%
Coming from Wanaka drive through Glendhu Bay and a couple of kms later take the first right turn on to W. Wanaka Rd (gravel). Follow this over the single lane bridge over the Matukituki River (glorious!) and another km or so further along bear right and follow the sign for Homestead Bay and the Minaret Burn Track. Through a couple of gates and negotiate a last bit of quite rutted road and you arrive at the small DoC car park, where there is a also a toilet and an information board.
Parking is limited but this is not a well used track so shouldn't be an issue.
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Once on the farm track stay on it - there are a couple of other farm tracks coming in from the left (marked Private) that you ignore and at about 9km there's the Rumbling Burn Track taking off to your left. Ignore this too (unless you're on a mission to bag the Buchanans!)
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Don't drink from any of the smaller trickles that cross the track in the first 8k. Take enough water to get you to the turnaround where it's safe to fill up from Rumbling Burn Stream.
The track never gets more than about 100m above lake level but it can still cop a wind so be prepared. In winter it can be icy and the stream crossings call for getting cold, wet feet or risking a slip off an icy stepping stone (I know, I've done it!)
This is a dual use track so keep eyes and ears peeled for mountain bikers.
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