Our Trip Journal
|23rd Dec, 2008||Control Gates to Luxmore Hut||14.7km||4.5hrs (5-6hrs suggested time)|
|24th Dec, 2008||Luxmore Hut to Iris Burn Hut||14.6km||5.5hrs (5-6hrs)|
|25th Dec, 2008||Iris Burn Hut to Moturau Hut||16.2km||3.5hrs (5-6hrs)|
|26th Dec, 2008||Moturau Hut to Rainbow Reach Carpark (and on to Queenstown)||6km||1.5hrs (1.5-2hrs)|
Information about the track
One of the eight NZ Great Walks, highly-maintained tracks with serviced huts (flushing toilets, gas for your stoves, and a hut warden to give you weather advice). It is a 60-km, 3-4 day track (however once a year a bunch of mad people run the entire track in a single day). The track takes you past the beech-forested shores of Lake Te Anau, up above the treeline to Mt Luxmore.
There is a cave system at Mx Luxmore which is worth exploring, it goes for 4-5km underground. Be sure to leave a note of your intentions in the Luxmore Hut visitor book before heading in (even if you are just there for a day trip).