View from Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere tracks

Image: David Miller | ©

Introduction

Climb one of the most popular peaks in Canterbury for magnificent views to Mt Somers, Mt Hutt and across the plains to the coast.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

4–7 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere via Deer Spur

Time: 2–3 hr one way
Distance: 4.6 km one way 

From the car park at Blandswood, walk up the steep Blandswood Lookout Road to the top. Follow Fern Walk for about 350 m before turning left onto Deer Spur Track. The track follows a ridge up to the summit (1311 m).

There are magnificent views to Mt Somers, Mt Hutt and across the plains to the coast. Tristam Harper Memorial Shelter is just below the summit.

Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere via South Ridge Track

Time: 3 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 3.5 km one way 

An alternative to climbing or descending Little MtPeel/Huatekerekere from Deer Spur is to use the South Ridge Track. The South Ridge is steep and involves a couple of rocky scrambles.

South Ridge Track connects with Deer Spur at the top of the mountain and Emily Falls Track near the bottom.

When descending from Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere it is important to keep to the ridge until the track sign shows the route down a tussock-covered spur to the bushline and Emily Stream.

Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere to Middle Peel

Time: 1 hr 45 min one way from Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere
Distance: 4.5 km one way from Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere

Middle Mt Peel can be reached by fit and experienced trampers from Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere. The route follows the ridge line from Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere. The track is not marked in most places, but is quite well worn and easy to follow in good weather.

Getting there

9.5 km north of Geraldine, turn off SH72 (Inland Scenic Route) onto Peel Forest Road and follow this for 13 km. Turn into Blandswood Road and follow this for 2 km to the junction with Lookout Road. Park in the car park at the junction.

Walk a short distance up Lookout Road to the start. Note, Lookout Road isn't suitable for parking.

Know before you go

  • These are alpine summits and the weather can be very different from at road level – ensure you take appropriate clothing and equipment.
  • Cellphone coverage in Peel Forest area is poor.
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