Hike to the Summit of Mt. Fyffe

New Zealand Mt. Fyffe Car Park

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.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Pack
  • Snack
  • Sun protection
  • 10 essentials
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

10.6 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2952.8 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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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.

5 days ago

Added by Tobin Akehurst

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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