Mt Melina from the Ahuriri Valley

Mt Melina is in the Hawea Conservation Park. We accessed it from the Ahuriri Valley using mountain bikes. I must admit that I am a bit soft and usually walk my bike up anything that resembles a hill, however the trail/road in is graded by DOC as an easy grade 2, and so even I…

Hector and Garvie range ski randonee

I have had an eye on trying to ski this area for a while. We once tried to ski the Hector Range (which joins the Remarkable Range) from the northern end near Duffer Saddle. We were aiming for Ben Nevis. However due to frost lifting on the road we only managed to get the Jeep…

Towers Ridge – access from Treble Cone

Towers Ridge is the continuation of the Summit Ridge of Treble Cone beyond Wedding Cake Rock (see map). The quickest access is to boot pack above the Saddle Quad to gain height, followed by a long gliding traverse and then a short skin back up to the ridge before Wedding Cake.Wedding Cake rock can be…

Roy’s Peak 2012

Roy’s Peak dominates the skyline above Wanaka. It is not often that we get enough snow on Roy’s Peak to contemplate a sky off it’s lofty summit. This year was different. We had a large dump from the NorthWest which lasted a week bringing much needed and large volumes of snow especially to the western mountains….

Overnight to Kirtle Burn Hut, Pisa Range

The Kirtle Burn hut is a 7 bunk hut nestled below Mt Pisa. Drive up to the Snowfarm (off the Cardrona Valley Rd). You need a backcountry pass to access the DOC track which starts amongst the Proving Ground buildings. Call in to the Snow Farm office to register. Our full moon trip followed the…