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From the car park, walk past the gate and onto the 4WD road. The walk will take you through pine forest plantation and then along the Twizel River. Continue straight where the Gladstone Stream forks off towards the left. After another 4 km, you will reach a junction. Take the left-hand track for Baikie Hut.
Baikie Hut rests on a mostly flat area with a little stream nearby. This is a popular day hike as it is not particularly long. However, the hut does get busy as it is easily accessible. Whether you are spending the night or stopping for a picnic lunch before heading into Aoraki/Mt Cook National park, Baikie Hut is sure not to disappoint.
You might find yourself sharing the road with mountain bikers, 4WD and even horses! The track is suitable for all of these activities, though 4WDs need the landlord’s permission to access the track.
As this track is on private property, it is important to stay on the marked track and to leave gates as they are. Keep your distance from any livestock you may come across.
There is very little shade along this walk, so make sure to have proper equipment for sun/wind protection.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Twizel, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 3 hour walk
        • Distance: 9 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: This is a shared mountain bike track.
        • Route: One way
        • Elevation: 328 m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: There are toilets at Baikie Hut.
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: May, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views of the surrounding mountains as you make your way along the bank of the Twizel River.

  • Track Quality

    The majority of this walk is shared with a 4WD track.

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  • Transport


  • Water

    There is a stream nearby.

  • Driving Instructions

    Turn onto SH80 from the SH8 junction near Pukaki. Continue 3.5 km until the signposted car park.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The closest shops and restaurants are in Twizel.

  • Area & Track History

    This track is on the way to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Baikie Hut was built in 1948 when it was part of Dusty Station. There is still a hitching rail outside the hut for horses to be tied to.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    Yes, at Baikie Hut.

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