The Lindis Pass Scenic Reserve is a particularly attractive area of tussock covered mountains bisected by state highway 8. If you have driven between Otago and Canterbury along this route then you may have stopped at the Lindis Pass viewpoint for a quick look. This is already very nice, but to supercharge your views then invest around 1.5 hours heading up to Double Peak (1323m).
We never had time to do this on the long drives between Christchurch to Queenstown. But after heavy snowfall I decided to head out there from Queenstown to do this short but steep walk, then fit in another longer walk in the nearby Chain Hills later on in the day. Beautiful in the snow, it is nevertheless very attractive without due to the pristine rust-coloured tussock grass that covers the slopes.
Track notes at the end.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass: The Scenery
There’s no official track, but it’s an obvious route starting at the Lindis Pass viewpoint car park. To start, set off steeply up the spur adjacent to the car park. Then head right along a ridge to the summit, which is set back a bit from the high point you can see from below. Return the way you came. Will take roughly 1.5 hours in total, maybe a bit less.
There is more information on walks in the area on the DOC website.