The Gillespie Pass Circuit is one of Aotearoa’s most spectacular but equally hazardous alpine tramps. It has stunning native forest and alpine views of glacially carved landscapes, but also numerous creek and river crossings which have, at times, been fatal. There are some alternative transport methods to avoid crossing Otago’s Makarora River, but trampers should be well pre-pared regardless with river-crossing skills and experience.
Feeling inspired after watching this video and ready to start planning your trip? Make sure to check out MSC’s Plan My Walk app. You can create a plan online with trip dates, and group details and easily share the plan with your emergency contact in one click.
The app also has up-to-date information including weather forecasts and track alerts so be sure to check in before you head out.
Check out more of MSC’s Tramping Video Series here.