Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ

The Invincible Mine Track passes through nice forest scenery and provides excellent views up the Rees Valley on its way to an old gold mining site.

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ

The Invincible Mine Track is a good easy-to-moderate walk through beech forest and manuka trees to an old gold mine. There are excellent views up the Rees Valley from the mine. I originally chose this as a warm up walk before we hit the longer trails, and it served that purpose nicely. 

The walk is a shortish drive from Glenorchy on an unsealed road with some fords, and there’s more information on the DOC website. The track goes on past the mine until it reaches Invincible Creek. If you are able to cross the creek it’s possible to continue up Muddy Spur for more views. 

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
On an obvious track the whole way. There’s an unmarked track that continues on from the mine which we once followed to the creek. Apparently you can continue up Muddy Spur for views of the area.

Invincible Mine Track: The Scenery

First some photos from our second time on the track, in winter 2019…

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
On the drive in.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Looking down the Rees River towards Glenorchy.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Possibly Muddy Spur, which is a route up to higher ground and more views.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Looking up the Rees Valley from Invincible Mine. Mt Earnslaw centre.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Old mining equipment containing frozen water.

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Old mining equipment.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Walking back down through beech forest.

Now some photos from our first time doing this walk, starting with an extension of the walk past the mine, which we didn’t do in winter 2019…

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Invincible Creek, which is actually past the mine.

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ

Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Evidence of storms.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Sophia backed by cliffs.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
The Rees Valley in summer..
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Looking back towards Glenorchy and the Humboldt Mountains.
Invincible Mine Track, near Glenorchy NZ
Beech trees.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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