Guidebook

Climb 6 of New Zealand's Most Iconic Peaks

Tick 6 classic New Zealand summits, including the country's highest mountain - Mount Cook - and its most aesthetic - Mount Aspiring.

Description

"The Land of the Long White Cloud" (as New Zealand is affectionately known) is home to some gorgeous - and iconic - mountains and this guidebook describes how to climb 6 of them. There are a couple of day routes in here, including Queenstown's best known alpine climb - the traverse of the Remarkables - and then 4 big alpine adventures on some of the southern hemisphere's most famous mountains - Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mounts Sefton, Tasman and Aspiring.

New Zealand's famously wild mountain weather makes alpine climbing in the country an occasionally frustrating activity, but also an immensely rewarding one when the stars align and you tick off a major route. As such, it might take a while for conditions and weather to allow you to reach all 6 of these summits, but the sense of satisfaction will be all the greater when you do.

While you're waiting for the mountains to be sunny and welcoming, there is some superb hiking (or "tramping" as the locals call it) to be done on the South Island and much of it is documented in FATMAP. Perhaps the most famous hike of them all is the Milford Track, the so-called "Finest Hike in the World" -

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McPherson Talbot Traverse
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McPherson Talbot Traverse

Milford Track
12.0 km
1,431 m
A classic Darran Mountains Traverse
Moderate
Private
Grand Traverse of the Remarkables
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Grand Traverse of the Remarkables

The Remarkables
7.6 km
710 m
Queenstown's classic mountaineering journey
Moderate
Private
Raspberry Creek to Colin Todd Hut
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Raspberry Creek to Colin Todd Hut

Fiordland National Park
23.6 km
1,888 m
Rainforest and glaciers
Moderate
Private
Mount Aspiring Shipowner/North West Ridge
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Mount Aspiring Shipowner/North West Ridge

Fiordland National Park
6.6 km
1,152 m
The classic ascent of Mt Aspiring
Moderate
Private
Aoraki/Mt Cook - The Linda Glacier Route
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Aoraki/Mt Cook - The Linda Glacier Route

Mount Cook
10.2 km
1,606 m
The classic route up Aoraki
Difficult
Private
Almer hut to Centennial hut
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Almer hut to Centennial hut

Mount Cook
5.0 km
677 m
A wild journey into the Southern Alps
Easy
Private
Centennial to Pioneer hut
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Centennial to Pioneer hut

Mount Cook
6.0 km
335 m
A gorgeous high glacier traverse
Easy
Private
North Shoulder of Mt Tasman
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North Shoulder of Mt Tasman

Mount Cook
10.8 km
1,392 m
A remote and exposed ridge traverse to a perfect summit
Difficult
Private
Pioneer to Chancellor hut
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Pioneer to Chancellor hut

Mount Cook
7.6 km
6 m
A spectacular glacier journey
Easy
Private
Copland Valley Track
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Copland Valley Track

1 day +
46.8 km
1,640 m
1,640 m
Explore the south island’s wild west coast with this 2 day out-and-back adventure.
Difficult
Private
Mt Sefton West Ridge
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Mt Sefton West Ridge

Mount Cook
14.8 km
2,832 m
A stunning and remote summit on the West Coast
Difficult
Private