Brow Peak (1456m) near Arrowtown is an accessible mountain with fabulous views north over wrinkly golden brown mountains, and south over the Wakatipu Basin.
Brow Peak (1456m) is an accessible mountain near Arrowtown, and climbing it provides excellent views of golden brown mountains to the north, and of the Wakatipu Basin to the south. It starts on the fairly well trodden Sawpit Gully Circuit, but once off this you might not meet another person. And the approach to the summit along a sometimes narrow ridge feels just a little adventurous, adding to the appeal of this walk. There’s also a very pleasant stand of beech forest on the way to Big Hill Saddle.
I started the walk mid afternoon in high summer, and the return leg in fading light enhanced the excellent views even further, as the already interesting contours of the land to the north were accentuated by shadows and warm golden hues. I had to hurry to get down before dark mind you, but that was partially because I took too many photos. Highly recommended, especially in good weather. The ridge to the summit might be unsafe in bad weather, as there are a few exposed spots. Track notes at the end. And to see the scenery in winter, click here.
Brow Peak via Bill Hill Saddle: The Scenery
The track is pretty obvious until Big Hill Saddle, where it is lost amongst the tussock, but becomes more obvious again as the ridge narrows. The whole walk is at the moderate end of hard.