Time: Crown Saddle car park to Rock Peak: 1.5 hr
This track at the southern end of the Pisa Range gives quick access to great views.
Follow an old 4WD track as it zigzags up from the car park to the transmitter station at Rock Peak. For the adventurous and well-equipped, the track continues to Tuohy’s Saddle.
Access to Rock Peak is from the top of the Crown Saddle, SH89.
Know before you go
- In summer, very hot and dry conditions are common. Carrying an adequate supply of both drinking water and sun protection is essential.
- In winter, mountaineering experience is required along with knowledge of avalanche conditions.
- Firearms are not permitted on easements through private property including transportation in vehicles. Entry with a firearm is permitted via the Crown Saddle Car Park.
Dogs are allowed in the conservation area but entry/exit is restricted to the Crown Saddle Carpark access. All other entry points are via easements through private property and require landowner permission to enter with a dog including transporting them in vehicles.
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.
Be avalanche alert: This area has terrain that can produce avalanches that cross the track, usually from May into November. View avalanche information.
Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary.
No camping until the conservation area boundary.
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.