Walking

By Anthony Doornbos | Posted: Wednesday January 27, 2016

Otematata boasts some great walks for any type of fitness.  

Wildlife Reserve

This reserve is a short walk from the village and has numerous tracks criss-crossing it. Autumn colours are spectacular here as many trees in the reserve are deciduous. Several species of birds can be seen, especially around the ponds and along the lake edge. Tracks lead from the reserve, past the golf course, to the Boat Harbour. In winter care may be needed as these tracks can become muddy.

Boat Harbour walks

Accessible from the main road and the Wildlife Reserve, this area has short tracks on either side of the boat harbour. The Otematata River can be reached from here too.

Deep Stream Track

Located on the Canterbury side of Lake Aviemore, this track follows up Deep Stream from it’s entrance to the lake just above Aviemore Dam. Plan to spend at least four or more hours when exploring here. For information about the ride, check the board at the beginning of the track.

Benmore Peninsula Track

Accessed from the car park above the headgate structure on the western flank of the Benmore dam, this track climbs up and around the Benmore Peninsula. Spectacular views across Lake Benmore and up towards the mountains of the main divide can be seen from the higher parts of the track. Allow about two hours to walk and take warm clothing as it is often windy on exposed parts of the track.

Otematata Station

Has some incredible walking. Visit the Otematata Station website to see what they have available.

Image Gallery