Time: 2 hours
Type: Walking Track
Follow the path to Black Birch Stream. Cross the bridge then climb steeply to the Red Tarns. A viewpoint offers a spectacular panorama of the valley and Aoraki/Mount Cook. The tarns were named from the red pond weed that grows in them.
The park is alive with the most wonderful alpine plants. In summer look for the striking Mount Cook buttercup, the large mountain daisies and watch out for the fearsome wild spaniard or spear grass! The braided riverbed of the Tasman is home to the kakī/black stilt, one of New Zealand's rarest birds.
What to expect on a walking track:
• Easy to moderate walking from a few minutes to a day
• Track is mostly well formed, some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
• Suitable for people with low to moderate fitness and abilities
• Clearly sign posted. Stream and river crossings are bridged
• Walking shoes or light tramping/hiking boots required