Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track, Central Otago NZ

A walk in the tussock grassed country behind Queenstown, with views over the Southern Alps and back to the Remarkables.

Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track

A nice enough walk in the hills/mountains behind Queenstown, not far from the Coronet Peaks ski field, although the overcast conditions let the scenery down a bit for the photos that follow. You ascend maybe 350m to the summit of Mt Dewar (1310m), then descend to Devils Creek, and return via a saddle and then the road. About 700m of ascent/descent. The country appears to be at the transition between the pointy Southern Alps, and domed mountains of the Central Otago interior. Mostly tussock grass with some rocky areas, and you can visit the upper Shotover River, although we didn’t have the time or legs for this on the day we did it.

We combined two shorter walks into one quite long one, and turned it into a loop with maybe 30 minutes walk back up the road. Track notes can be found on the DOC Lake Wakatipu walks brochure: walks 10 and 12.

The Scenery

Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
This was somewhere near the start.
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
The view from Mt Dewar.
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
The view from Mt Dewar.
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
Looking over the Richardson Range I think.
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
From the summit of Mt Dewar our walk descended on the right in this picture, then headed left, and ascended up Devils Creek (to the left), then over a saddle to the road.  (Bowen Peak centre)

Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track

Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
Glimpses of the upper Shotover River.
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
Rocky slopes above as the track ascends from Devil’s Creek. You can see the track out near the bottom of the picture. 
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
The Remarkables viewed as we approached the road. We had to walk up the road because nobody stopped for us. Wasn’t too bad.
Mt Dewar/Devils Creek Track
The Remarkables in the distance.

 

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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