Double Peak from Lindis Pass, Otago / Canterbury NZ

A short but steep climb to Double Peak (1323m) for spectacular views over the Lindis Pass Scenic Reserve, on the Otago/Canterbury border.

Double Peak from Lindis Pass

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

Double Peak from Lindis Pass
Double Peak, although the actual summit is out of view.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
Up onto the ridge here, looking away from the summit.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
Sophia looking like the Statue of Liberty.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
A panorama of the area with thre main highway snaking its way through.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
View from the summit of Double Peak (1323m).
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
Looking south-east.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
Unnamed peak at 1423m of elevation.
Double Peak from Lindis Pass
View south from the summit.

Track Notes

Double Peak from Lindis Pass
No official track but an obvious route from the Lindis Pass viewpoint car park up a spur then right along a ridge to the summit.

 

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.  

 

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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