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Bush and Beyond

New Zealand's Kahurangi National Park, Guided Walk Specialists

Lake Matiri, a pleasant rest stop before the steep ascent to the plateau

Matiri Plateau

A plateau in the sky

Lake Matiri, a pleasant rest stop before the steep ascent to the plateau
Lake Matiri, a pleasant rest stop before the steep ascent to the plateau

Duration: 4 days

The vast, tussock covered "1000-acre plateau"
The vast, tussock covered "1000-acre plateau"

Trip Features

At the southern end of Kahurangi National Park, the "1,000 Acre Plateau" and "100 Acre Plateau" are the main features of the Matiri Range area.

These rolling tussock grasslands are fringed by steep limestone bluffs, creating a magic tabletop alpine world which houses one of the most dense alpine flora species area in New Zealand. A wide range of Hebes, Celmisias, Astelias, Dracophyllums, Gentians and many others grace the plateau.

Bird sightings may include kea, kaka and falcon. The hike commences in the Matiri Valley, near Murchison, with an easy walk to the hut at picturesque Lake Matiri, where we spend the first night. Next day is a steep climb on a rough track, which emerges on the fringe of the 1000 Acre Plateau. The climb passes through mixed beech - podocarp forest with some wonderful specimens of Dracophyllum traversii, mountain toatoa and Archeria traversii, to name but a few. From here we cross the tussocklands to Larrikens Creek Hut, nestling beneath the Haystack peak and 100 Acre Plateau.

Total walking time for our group, from Lake Matiri, is 8 to 9 hours at a slow pace so as to enjoy the scenery, flora and fauna.

Day 3 is spent exploring the area, and day 4 returning via Lake Matiri.

"The Needle" in the mist.
"The Needle" in the mist.

Trip Facts

Duration: 4 days
Fitness level: Above average

Matiri Plateau Pricing

Fully serviced option:

Price: $1300

Self catered option (minimum 4 persons):

4-7 persons, $750 pp
8-10 persons, $700 pp

Contact us now about a guided multi-day walk to Matiri Plateau

Contact us now about a guided multi-day walk to Matiri Plateau

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Kahurangi Lighthouse 10th-14th February
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Cobb Valley / Mount Arthur comfort tour 23rd-27th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 23rd-28th February
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 23rd-28th February
Heaphy Track Guided Walks 1st-6th March
Old Ghost Road Guided Walks 2nd-7th March
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Best of the West Tour 9th-13th March
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