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7 days ago

The trail is just a 4wheel drive track going up the mountain. So not the most interesting trail to walk on. But the views are amazing, especially when there's still snow on the back mountain range. Definitely worth it on a clear day.

Nice track with good coastal views. Easy enough to do in two days but three days allows you to stay at Flea Bay which is lovely, despite the name.

Its steep at the start, but not really difficult.

Did this in reverse. I can see we took the harder way, quite a steep climb up the back end of the mountain. Fantastic views at the top. Take care with the weather as its known to be windy/cold up there.

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4 months ago

Hard work to start, but the views are amazing! It's not 16 km. Doc says 2 hours up.

be prepared for sudden changes in weather. even if it's hit and sunny when you start out be prepared for hail and snow at the top. we did it a few weeks back and there was a sudden change of weather about 20 minutes to the summit. the exposure to wind and snow is awful. I was sure I wouldn't make it...! obviously I did. 2.5 hrs down the mountain cold and wet is not fun. be prepared!

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5 months ago

Part of Te Araroa, this section is known as the Richmond Trail. Nice views over Lake Tekapo. Best tramped south to north to fully enjoy the views of the mountains.

Fantastic afternoon walk. If the weather is good the views are amazing looking down Lyttelton harbour. The track ends at Packhorse hut, you can use the hut and even stay the night if you plan to carry on walking.

great track,

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Friday, April 14, 2017

This ones quite a challenge but well worth it for the 360 views of the lakes and mountains. Not much shelter on the way up and can get pretty windy, take a windbreaker jacket for sure! Well worth it

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