Trip 7. Livingston Mountains

16-19 April 2017. We climbed from Knobs Flat on the Milford Road onto an unnamed side range of the Livingston Mountains, then followed it north over a long series of unnamed peaks, crossing the headwaters of Cascade Creek then along the northern extension of the Livingston Mountains, ending at Key Summit. Spectacular views of the Earl, Darren and Ailsa Mountains, as well as the many other peaks of the Livingston Mountains. Despite never getting more than a few kilometers from the busy Milford Road, we saw no-one, and precious little sign of anyone having been there before.

This lovely wildflower Haastia sinclairii is a relative of the vegetable sheep.

Lake Gunn in the upper Eglinton valley. The Milford Road goes along its eastern edge.

Rain has created some fascinating patterns in this scree slope.

The tops are dotted with beautiful tarns.






The range has some interesting fault-like geological structures, running north-south.



The water level in this tarn was low, revealing cushion plants normally partly submerged.

The final section of the range leading towards Key Summit. (Key Summit is so named because it sits near the point where three major watersheds join. The Hollyford drains to the west coast, the Greenstone drains to the east coast via the Clutha, and the Eglinton drains to the south coast via the Waiau.)