Lake Emma, Lake Camp and Lake Heron

Hakatere extends over nearly 60,000 hectares in the spectacular Ashburton lakes district. These tracks are perfect for walking and mountain biking.

Lake Emma to Lake Camp

Getting there............

The turn off to Lake Emma is marked from Hakatere Potts Road, at the end of Ashburton Gorge Road. Vehicles may be left in the car park at the end of the access track.
Distance: 9.5km loop.

This track is an easy walk for all ages – it will take about 4 hours. It is mostly flat with some gentle climbs. If you wish to mountain bike this track it will take 2 hours and is has a grade 2 rating (easy).

Follow the track that skirts Lake Emma, the outlet of which has to be either ridden or waded through.

The track then edges around the bottom of Harper Range before following Balmacann Stream towards the saddle. At the mouth of the stream, cross over to pick up the marked track towards Lake Camp.

Lake Emma to Balmacaan Saddle

Distance: 17.5km Loop. This track has steep slopes and the track narrows in places. Mountain biking is also allowed on this track – the whole loop would take around 4 hours to bike. It is suitable for intermediate riders.

From the mouth of Balmacaan Stream, continue up to the saddle with views down to the Rangitata River. Return the same way or pick up the loop track to Lake Camp.

Lake Heron

Getting there..........

From Ashburton Gorge Road, turn right onto Hakatere Heron Road to reach the car park at the inlet of Lake Heron. A 2WD gravel road to vehicles between November and April follows along the shores of Lake Heron as far as Highbank.

Distance 1.6km. This is an easy walk for the whole family. It is possible to mountain bike on this track it would take about 30min to ride and is suitable for beginners.

This information is from the DOC brochure on the area. For further information on the area or topo maps please call into the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre. 160 Main Street, Methven. 03 302 8955