Makarora - Mount Aspiring National Park
Print of Mount Aspiring: John Gully
Mt Aspiring National Park straddles the southern end of the Southern Alps. The closest towns are Makarora, Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau. It is one of New Zealand’s larger parks at 355,543 hectares and it lies alongside the largest, Fiordland National Park.
The settlements of Makarora, Haast and Glenorchy act as gateways to the park. Makarora has B & Bs, cottages, chalets, farmstays and camp sites. Accommodation in Haast and Glenorchy includes motels, hotels and lodges.The Makarora region of Mount Aspiring National Park offers a number of tramping opportunities. Many of the tracks follow the river valleys that branch off the Makarora River and range from one day walks to challenging four to five day tramps.
Maori from coastal Otago and Southland visited Otago’s inland lakes to hunt moa, kakapo and weka, and to fish. They had camps around the shores of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea and in the Makarora Valley which they knew of as Kaika Paekai — ‘The place of abundant food.’
|(page last updated 15 July 2007)|
|web diva: Narena Olliver, new zealand birds limited , Greytown, New Zealand. 2006|
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