Earnslaw Burn Track

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4.2 from 5 users.


Turn Right Just After The Earnslaw Burn Bridge, South Island.



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Lat: -44.739915 Lng: 168.410686

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-44.665789, 168.40399 Those are the coordinates to a large flat camping spot where a group of campers can pitch together. Maybe 4-5 small tents. Massive round seating area around a firepit too! It's right on the path by the river and has a great view. Only 30 minutes to the last lookout also. Although there're amazing camping opportunities at the very end with the best views, be aware that there are kea around if you have an expensive tent. Recommend downloading Organic Maps to make sure you're following the correct path. Saw loads of people walking through bog, when the official path was dry and easy to follow!



The gate to the car park can be closed when there is livestock along Lovers Leap road, you can still drive in, just make sure to close the gate behind you. Super boring and long walk through the bush, but at the end lies the most beautiful view I've seen so far in NZ! Took us 4.5hrs to reach the end with all the waterfalls. Avoid pitching your tent as soon as you're out of the bush because there are so many amazing spots to pitch with better views just a little further! Plenty of fire pits also, so you can collect fire wood on the way if you like.


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The most beautiful view of the glacier and millions of waterfall at the very end of the track. The tricky thing is that the signs stop after the forest and you still have a good 1h30 or 2h after that to reach the glacier. The walk through the forest is really hard and long but the view is well worth it. It took us 6h30 to get to the bottom of the glacier. We had to move camp as the Kia are really territorials and were attacking our tent. Don't camp at the top of the view point or down at the very bottom of the waterfalls anywhere else should be fine


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