A one hour walk brings you to the start of the Cloudy Peak Track where track markers lead you through the Dry Creek Conservation Area before you commence a steady climb along a 4WD ridge line track to the Neinei i kura Conservation Area. From this point an unmarked 4WD track leads to the 1526 m summit of Cloudy Peak.
From Cloudy Peak a visual highlight of this sprawling landscape is wide open skies and views of the Upper Clutha plains and peaks towards St Bathans and the Lindis.
The car park access to Dry Creek, Cloudy Peak and Neinei i Kura is located on Ardgour Road, Tarras. Ardgour Road is a loop road with access either 2 km north or 6 km South of Tarras.
Know before you go
- In summer, very hot and dry conditions are common so make sure you carry plenty of water and have adequate protection against the sun.
- Alpine conditions may be experienced at any time of the year, with the higher country being subject to snow during the winter months. Ensure you carry suitable clothing and study boots. Be prepared.
- These public access tracks cross through a working high country station. Respect the landowner’s livestock and property; stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation lands, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided.
- The Cloudy Peak access through Dry Creek Conservation area to the Neinei i kura Conservation Area is open all year. Contact the Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre for more details.
- Camping is permitted on conservation land only.