Ben More Tops Circuit, Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park, Canterbury NZ
Rugged scenery as you ascend to Ben More (1655m) along broad ridges on this circuit walk in Korowai Torlesse Tussocklands Park.
I’d heard this circuit walk along the tops of Ben More, the high point of the Big Ben Range in Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park, was a good winter tramping option, with safe enough travel for those less experienced in snow. By time we did the walk in early spring there’s wasn’t much slow left, but enough to add to the aesthetics of the area. However I think the rugged scenery would look good in any season.
With only two other walkers on the mountain that day we enjoyed some solitude, however there were hunters in the surrounding area, so try not to look like a deer! You can also climb Big Ben at the southern end of this range.
A video from the summit recorded in late spring 2023, on my second time up the mountain…
Off track the whole way but easy navigation in clear visibility. A bit steep on the initial ascent and final descent, and also from the saddle to point 1660m, but easy walking for the most part on the tops. The vehicle track at the start was a bit of a river in places, but it’s not hard to find a route up over the stream and onto the flats, then just head straight for the spur. I suspect this walk would be nice in either direction. It’s a fairly long walk with roughly 950m of ascent and descent over 16km.
More information on Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park on the DOC website.
We parked in a small layby at a sharp turn in Lyndon Road, just a few metres from the vehicle track at the start.