This section of the multi-day Greenstone and Caples Track circuit makes for an excellent day walk, and one for those who are less keen on climbing. The level track wanders from near the western shore of Lake Wakatipu through the beautiful Caples Valley. There are high mountains in every direction, beech forest, grassy flats, groves of manuka, mountain streams and the Caples River to enjoy along the way. Mid Caples Hut makes for a good lunch spot and turnaround point.
We used track notes in Day Walks of New Zealand: Central Otago and Queenstown, but you can also get information on the DOC website. There’s also a nearby loop option, the Lake Rere Walk, and you could do this on the way back to make a long day of it.