Klondyke Spur & Valley Tracks, Victoria Forest Park, West Coast NZ
A varied walk up the Klondyke Spur Track to above the bushline, with great views before you return via tarns & the Klondyke Valley Track.
On our first trip to the South Island West Coast we’d been denied views on our only long walk of the holiday due to the typical cloudy and wet weather. So with a good long weather window in late summer we headed west again, and our first of two excellent walks was this circuit up the Klondyke Spur Track and down the Klondyke Valley Track. The views were very good, but there was also a nice variety of forest and alpine vegetation, and a number of picturesque tarns in two alpine basins. A period of off-track walking (linking the two tracks) adds to the adventure.
Some people opt to camp near the tarns, however it makes a good day-walk of moderate difficulty. Track notes at the end.
We also did the nearby Mt Haast Route in the same weekend: really excellent views on that walk, although this circuit offers a more varied walking experience. To avoid indecision best do both.
Klondyke Spur & Valley Tracks: The Scenery
You could do this circuit in either direction, however we ascended up the Klondyke Spur Track and got to the views early, then descended steeply off the ridge to the upper tarns. (You can descend in a few places – just avoid bluffs on the way down). From there you descend steeply down on the true left of the Rahu River Right Branch to the lower tarns, where you pick up the Klondyke Valley Track. The tracks were quite muddy so choose appropriate footwear. More information on these and other nearby routes on the DOC website.