Climb to the top of Mount French for spectacular views of Lake Brunner and the Southern Alps.

Track overview

7 km return return via same track

Walking and tramping

8 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


The track passes through mixed lowland rimu forest that also features some kaikawaka and silver pine, to the top of Mt French (1305 m).

It's a steady climb but, on a fine day, the views of Lake Brunner and the inland to the Southern Alps reward the effort.

Getting there

The track start on Kumara-Inchbonnie Road, on the south end of Lake Brunner. Lake Brunner is inland from Greymouth, between SH 73 and SH 7.

Turn off SH 73 at Kumara into Kumara-Inchbonnie Road (17 km), or at Jacksons into Lake Brunner Road, which leads into Kumara-Inchbonnie Road (23 km).

Know before you go

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.


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