Glacier Burn Walk

Glacier Burn Day Hike Hiking Trail, Near Kinloch NZ

Difficulty: MODERATE

Time: 4hrs 

Nestled amidst the natural wonders of New Zealand, lies a hidden gem for adventurers and nature enthusiasts – the Glacier Burn track. This captivating day hike, just a stone’s throw away from Kinloch, promises a thrilling 4hr journey through lush beech forests, breathtaking vistas, and the opportunity to witness native birdlife. With a moderate level of difficulty, the hike typically takes around 4 hours to complete, making it a perfect day trip for those seeking an immersive wilderness experience. Let’s explore the route for the Glacier Burn Track hike.

Where To Start:

Only a 25-minute drive from Glenorchy, you’ll find the track conveniently marked along the Glenorchy/Kinloch Road. As you set out on your walk, simply follow the creek until you come across an orange marker that indicates the path to cross to the true left, offering a downstream view. Here, your ascent begins through a captivating beech forest, and you’ll also notice remnants of old saw-milling snig lines right at the beginning of the trail.

Pro Tip: The Glacier Burn Track is just 3km away from Kinloch. Enhance your adventure by booking a relaxing stay at Kinloch Wilderness Retreat, featuring a range of exceptional accommodation choices. Fuel up with a scrumptious breakfast at our restaurant before embarking on your hike!

The Ascent Through Enchanting Forests

The journey begins with a steep ascent that takes you straight into the heart of the mountains, winding through the captivating beech forest that blankets the region. As you make your way along the trail, keep an eye out for the markers that guide you along the creek. Note that are some trees to climb over about half way up.

A Photographer’s Paradise

The Glacier Burn track promises more than just a physical challenge. Along the way, you’ll be treated to numerous photo opportunities that capture the raw beauty of this pristine wilderness. The lush greenery of the bush, the serene babbling of the creek, and the vibrant colors of native flora create a mesmerizing canvas for photographers of all levels.

An Oasis in Glacier Basin

After approximately two hours of traversing through the enchanting forest, hikers are rewarded with the breathtaking Glacier Basin. Here, surrounded by towering peaks and pristine landscapes, you’ll find a tranquil paradise. For those willing to explore further, following the creek upwards reveals stunning views of the Humboldt Mountains and the picturesque Glenorchy area. This is the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic and a well-deserved rest.

Escape the Crowds

One of the true charms of the Glacier Burn track is its relatively low foot traffic. You’re likely to find yourself alone or in the company of a few fellow nature enthusiasts, allowing for an intimate connection with the natural world. Your own private adventure!

Know Before You Go

In winter and spring, avoid venturing above the bush line, as the area is susceptible to avalanches. Safety should always be a top priority when exploring the wilderness.

Packed lunches are available to order from Kinloch Wilderness Retreat, or stop at Akin in Glenorchy to pick up a roll before you go!

For a more information about the Glacier Burn track, including trail maps and additional information, see the Department of Conservation website.

People resting on the grass in glacier burn with view of Glenorchy
Forest path surrounded by ferns with sunlight filtering through near Glenorchy
mountains behind trees