Trip 9. Clare Peak, Takitimu Mountains

10-11 May 2017. The Takitumu mountains are spectacular and great tramping. They just tend to be overlooked as a destination as they are dominated by the larger, more spectacular Fiordland mountains just a bit further to the west. But “just a but further” to the east means the Takitimus get better weather.

Princhester hut is at the end of a good gravel road not far from Te Anau. Despite being a road-end hut, it was it immaculate condition. It’s on the Te Araroa trail, which heads south from here along the eastern side of the Takitimus. It was a convienient starting point for our trip.

The track winds through lovely beech forest, reaching a saddle after an hour or so. We headed off from here onto the ridge that leads to Clare Peak, following occaisional deer and human trails.

The ridge makes for spectacular walking.

And wonderful mountain scenery.







The summit of Clare Peak is a great place to hang around on a sunny day.

The low sub-alpine vegetation makes for easy travel.

We camped in a tarn-studded basin to the southeast of Clare Peak.


And continued down the valley, crossing a low ridge and descending through open easy forest.

We picked up the Te Araroa track on the margins of rough-grazed farmland. From here it was about three hours back to our start point.

Posted 5 July 2017. Better late than never!

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