Kaikoura Flat, New Zealand

Hike to the Summit of Mt. Fyffe

10.6 Miles Total - 2952.8 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Tobin Akehurst

Hike to the summit of Mt. Fyffe high above the Kaikoura Peninsula where the views stretch from the Alps to the Ocean.

From the car park follow the old road grade which eventually narrows into a hiking path. At about the halfway point you will pass the Mt. Fyffe hut, a popular overnight destination. 

Track continues ever upward in a north-easterly fashion until you arrive at the broad summit where views to east fall away in a profound void before reaching the bright green peninsula and the ocean. To the west views are dominated by the serpentine ridge lines of the Seaward Kaikoura Range.

The Spaniard Spur route offers a steeper alternative route to the upper mountain via the Kowhai River.

This route offers overnight options, a summer day hike or a snowy and exposed mountain route depending on conditions and time of year. Being a seaward front range peak, weather can change quickly and without warning. Plan accordingly.

As always, follow strict Leave No Trace ethics, bring a ziploc bag for your rubbish and don't forget your 10 essentials.

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$5 hut FTW

Following the service road all the way up is a little bit brutal on a hot day with no breeze. Though it's totally worth the struggle of this backcountry access so close to town! Hut had everything you needed for a cozy night and the very the next morning is worth taking your time to get down the mountain.

Great views over Kaikoura

The views over Kaikoura and the coastline are well worth the effort. The summit also offers a nice spot for camping overnight to enjoy the sunset and sunrise. The odds are you'll have it all to yourself.

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