A tramping track leads from Manapouri through beech forest to a junction, with Hope Arm Hut to the right and Back Valley Hut to the left. These tracks can be walked independently to each other or, as another track links the two huts, they can be walked as a loop in either direction.
The start of the track to both huts is on the other side of the Waiau River from Pearl Harbour, accessible by water taxi, private boat, kayak or hired row boat. The track follows close to the lake edge in spots and there are some unofficial tracks that lead to the lake itself. It climbs gently over a spur and continues straight ahead again until reaching the Back Valley/Hope Arm junction.
Turn right for Hope Arm, proceeding through a narrow neck of forest on a boardwalk over swampland and crossing the bridge over the Garnock Burn. You will reach the Hope Arm beach before long, with the Hope Arm Hut located at the end of the beach. This is a great spot for swimming. Behind the Hope Arm Hut a 3 hour side track climbs steadily towards the Snow White tussock clearings in the upper Garnock Burn valley where there is good camping, hunting and tramping.
The track from Hope Arm Hut to Back Valley Hut is an easy 1 hour 30 minute walk. From this hut there is a side trip option to the peaceful Lake Rakatu, a lovely scenic walk and a good spot for fishing. The main track back to the original Back Valley/Hope Arm junction heads from the hut through a stand of ribbonwood and beech and podocarp forest.
- Outdoor Activities
- Sport & Recreation
- Natural Attraction
- Swimming & Diving
- Scenic Attraction
- Walking & Tramping