When you are dropped off at the beginning of the track on the first day the track ranger will give you a history of the farm, conservation projects and the surrounding area.
Island Hills Station is a working sheep, cattle and honey farm with it’s own protected conservation reserve.
Fully Equipped Huts
No WiFi or coverage
BBQ's at Each Hut
Any person with a reasonable level of fitness can walk the Hurunui High Country Track. This experience is not recommended for young children.
Throughout the season there will be some cold, rainy and some extremely hot conditions so please ensure you and your group are prepared for all weather, as conditions may be very changeable
We provide a pack/gear carrying service so you will only need to carry a day pack.
There are UHF radios in the isolated huts, follow the instructions to connect directly to the track ranger.
If a person in the group becomes ill or injured to the point where they can no longer walk, please administer first aid and make sure the casualty is warm and comfortable, take note of the location of the patient on the track using the provided map zones, note the type of injury/illness and any medical history, leave at least one caregiver with the casualty and go to the closest hut to radio the information through to the track ranger.
The track ranger will take over the response from here.
There are honey bee hives present on the farm for most of the walking track season, if any walkers have bee sting allergies please carry appropriate medication to treat.
Island Hills Station Walking Track Covid 19 response;
The track is covered by the COVID-19 protection framework “ORANGE” at present.
A walking track QR code is available to scan and all guests names are registered in our booking system.
- If you’re sick or unwell, stay at home
- If you have cold or flu symptoms, call your doctor or Healthline and follow their testing advice
- If you are advised by health authorities to self-isolate, you must do so immediately
- Use the NZ COVID tracer app and enable Bluetooth tracing.
Covid 19 Protect Framework ORANGE restrictions;
We operate under two settings with different requirements for exclusive groups and mixed groups. We are able to switch between operating under My Vaccine Pass is not required/required, by properly cleaning the premises between groups. The accommodation facilities are cleaned and surfaces spray and wiped with disinfectant daily.
Exclusive groups are private groups where either; all attendees are known to each other, or all attendees are members of a club or organisation with their own Covid 19 response settings. Exclusive groups are not required to present My Vaccine Passes, and premises are restricted to up to 50 people. Face coverings are encouraged, especially during confined 4wd transport.
Mixed groups are unknown to each other prior to arrival at the farm and restricted to 10 people or less. My Vaccine Passes are required to be sited. It is not legal for us to record your My Vaccine Pass information, we don’t have the capability to scan/verify passes due to having no internet access. Face coverings are encouraged, especially during confined 4wd transport.
Island Hills Station Walking Track employees are vaccinated. Workers must have had their first dose when the COVID-19 Protection Framework comes into force, on 3 December 2021 (or their first day of employment after that), and both doses by 17 January 2022.
Bush Hut is the third night accommodation a wonderful forest setting and a real step back in time. Situated in the middle of one of the biggest QEII conservation covenants in the country.
The Valley Camp Hut was built for pest control and mustering and now gives you the chance to spend your second evening in the heart of the high country.