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Experience the varied terrain, flora and fauna of the remote New Zealand west coast, including rainforest, sub-alpine scrub and alpine meadows, and then enjoy fantastic views of the Franz Josef Glacier and the Southern Alps at sunrise and sunset.
From Highway 6 on the New Zealand South Island's west coast, take the Glacier Access Road for 2km to where the signposted Alex Knob track begins. There will be a obvious parking lot on the right.
The trail begins at the parking lot breaks off to the left from the Lake Wombat trail about a half-mile on. The trail then proceeds steeply uphill past the Rate and Christmas Lookouts, which are marked.
The summit is clearly marked. The trail proceeds past the summit towards Ebenezer and Lemmer Peaks, where excellent campsites can be found amongst the tussock.
Watch out for the Kea, the "cheeky" alpine parrot that will absolutely try to break into your packs to steal your food and will even fly off with your non-food related items.
As a multi-day add-on, you can follow the ridge line and use-trail from Alex Knob across Ebenezer Peak and up to Lemmer Peak.
Be sure to check the weather before you climb and, in the winter months, expect snow above the Christmas Lookout so take the appropriate gear (crampons, ice axe).
Camping is allowed all throughout Tai Poutini National Park but be sure, particularly in winter, to follow the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions Process which you can do via their website here.
Other helpful information can be found on the New Zealand Department of Conservation Alex Knob Track website.
- Warm clothing
- Waterproof clothing (a necessity on the west coast)
- Tent with rainfly that can withstand moderate winds
- Food and other camping miscellany
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