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.
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. (Link to map at the end of this post.)
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).
The Arrowsmiths are 60km to the northwest and the trail in the foreground is about 15km away.
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