Kohurau – Awakino Circuit, St Marys Range, Canterbury NZ

Wide open views over Central Otago and the Waitaki Valley on this circuit walk up to Kohurau / Mt Kurow (2009m) in the St Marys Range.

Our first time to walk in the St Marys Range in the far south of Canterbury, where we climbed Kohurau (2009m; Mt Kurow on some maps). There are definite similarities to nearby Central Otago mountains, with tussock covered slopes giving way to desolate rocky alpine tops, and wide open views as far as Aoraki Mt Cook. It’s certainly a uniquely stark aesthetic, overlooking remote country to the south and west. This was in fact our second time in as many weeks to circumnavigate a ski field – this time Awakino Ski Field – a very small operation run by  Waitaki Ski Club. Continue reading “Kohurau – Awakino Circuit, St Marys Range, Canterbury NZ”

Dromedary Hill Track, Lindis Conservation Area, Omarama NZ

The Dromedary Hill Track takes you initially over farmland, then up through the Lindis Conservation Area to the summit at 1664m, where there are views of countless other peaks.

During a stay in Twizel Aoraki Mt Cook National Park had fairly average weather for a couple of days, so I looked further afield for some day walks. The Dromedary Hill Track was one of these walks, and although it isn’t the most spectacular, we didn’t meet anybody all day, and the views from up high were very good. Initial walking is through paddocks, then it’s mostly tussock grass and other alpine and subalpine vegetation. I imagine it would make a good winter walk with some snow on the tops. Continue reading “Dromedary Hill Track, Lindis Conservation Area, Omarama NZ”