Little Mt Peel/Huatekerekere

There is a magnificent view across the Canterbury Plains to the sea from a hike up Little Mt Peel.  It is about 30km north of Geraldine, part of the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve

Little Mt Peel(1311m) is the southern part of a chain of mountains which includes Middle Mt Peel (1583m) and Big Mt Peel (1743m).  Little Mt Peel is a day hike of about six hours return from Blandswood.  The other two peaks can be reached via a ridge tramp.

Click once on map to enlarge.

Link to map at the end of this post.

Little Mt Peel via the Deer Spurr Track

Little Mt Peel summit via the Deer Spur Track, as seen from the Canterbury Plains

Rangitata River from early on the Deer Spurr Track

Rangitata River from low on the Deer Spur Track

At the river bend there is a new off-river dam under construction, to allow increased irrigation in South Canterbury. The sub-alpine vegetation includes wild spaniards (Aciphylla sp), flax (Phormium tenax) and turpentine wood (Dracophyllum sp).

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Climbing the Deer Spur Track

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Looking north to the Mt Taylor Range

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Short section of boardwalk

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Summit of Little Mt Peel

Deer Spurr Track close to the summit

Deer Spur Track close to the summit, Rangitata River below

Tristram Harpur Memorial Shelter on the summit

Tristram Harper Memorial Shelter on the summit, Orari River below

/the shelter looking east, Rangitata River wending to the sea

The shelter looking east, Rangitata River wending to the sea

The Arrowsmiths Range

The Arrowsmiths Range in the distance

The Arrowsmiths are 60km to the northwest and the trail in the foreground is about 15km away.

Mountain flowers - daisy, manuka and flax

Mountain flowers – daisy, manuka and flax

Link to map –

http://www.doc.govt.nz/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/canterbury/raukapuka/peel-forest-area.pdf

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