Lake Tekapo, Godley Valley,

Canterbury Region

Intermediate - Advanced

Open, November - May

4WD Mackenzie Brochure (pdf)


Above Lake Tekapo are two four wheel drive journeys following river valleys. These tracks involve skill and precaution and can be difficult in certain times of the year.

This is the Godley Valley Track to the Red Stag Hut.

Various - 18km to 30km.

Facilities - 6 Bunk beds, Mattresses.

Godley River Flows into Lake Tekapo.

Godley River Flows into Lake Tekapo.

Red Stag Hut - 30km

From the Lilybank road end, cross the Macaulay River to reach a marked public-access route through Lilybank Station. A four-wheel drive track follows the east side of the Godley valley for 25km to Red Stag Hut.

From here it is a further 5km to Separation Stream (the track is rougher in condition). It is one-hour walk from Separation Stream to Godley Hut, situated on the true right of Fitzgerald Stream, above the glacial-terminal lake.  

Know before you go

These tracks involve river crossings so caution and skill are vital. In route descriptions true left or true right denotes the side of the river when facing and looking downstream.

Red Stag Hut.

Red Stag Hut.