Little Mt Peel Circuit, Peel Forest, Canterbury NZ
A 1000m climb through a variety of native vegetation takes you to the summit of Little Mt Peel (1311m) with great views of the Canterbury Plains & surrounding mountains.
One of Canterbury’s more popular walks, climbing Little Mt Peel takes you 1000m up through a variety of vegetation types, including podocarp and broad leaf rainforest with a variety of ferns, then native bush, and finally into heath and tussock. The views from the summit are very good, including the Canterbury Plains to the east, and various hills and mountains in all other directions.
Track notes at the end. If you are fit and want more, it’s possible continue along a ridge to Middle Mt Peel, and then Mt Peel, but that is a long walk and other bloggers estimate 8-10 hours. One for longer days than mid-winter when we climbed Little Mt Peel…. I’ve now done that extension, and with a very nice cloud inversion as backdrop – see my blog post here.
Little Mt Peel Circuit: The Scenery
A mostly obvious track the whole way. The usual route up and down is via Deer Spur, but we descended via the rather steeper and more rugged South Ridge Track, where there is the added bonus of a visit to the small but attractive Emily Falls. After a warm period of weather mid winter there was virtually no snow on the tops, however even in these conditions there was a bit of ice high up on the South Ridge Track, and it was a slippery in places due to this, and also mud and wet rocks. Not a track for your casual hiker, and although it added variety I think the Deer Spur Track would be a good enough descent for most people. More info on the DOC website.