The Whataroa, Butler and Perth river valleys sit between State Highway 6 and the Southern Alps Kā Tiritiri o te Moana and provide rugged backcountry opportunities for those with suitable skills and experience.
From the flats of the lower Whataroa River, the network of tramping tracks and routes weave up the three river systems into the heart of the mountains. Rainforest, raging rivers, massive boulders, snowy mountain tops and native flora and fauna feature strongly throughout journeys in this backcountry area.
Be prepared however: these tracks and routes are difficult, and the weather and conditions can change rapidly. With over five metres of rain annually you need to be ready to sit it out and wait if necessary.
Whataroa, Butler and Perth valleys brochure (PDF, 591K).