The Tenahaun Track through the Rangitata Gorge was one of many NZ walks to exceed expectations. Starting near an irrigation canal diversion, the track is through private farmland almost the whole way, but the majority of it through the Rangitata Gorge is spectacular. When out of the gorge you can continue in a couple of directions, but we stopped on some rocks for views over plains to the Harper Range and over the Southern Alps. A very satisfying day out.
One reason we stopped a bit earlier than planned was due to being chased by a large-ish (35-40) herd of cows. I hope that they merely thought we were the farmer and might have something to offer, but I have subsequently read that cows sometimes maim or even kill walkers! Gulp. I suspect few people do this walk. We didn’t see any other people on the day we did it at least, and I can’t find many pictures online.
Track notes at the end.
Rangitata Gorge on the Tenahaun Track: The Scenery
Most of these photos were taken on the way back in favourable afternoon lighting, so scroll down a bit for the best shots of the Rangitata Gorge.
On an obvious and marked (often poled) track the whole way. There’s more info on walks in the area on the DOC website.