The Mt Alford Track takes you to the summit of Mt Alford (1171m) for good views over taller mountains on the inland side, and the Canterbury Plains to the east.
Mt Alford sits on the edge of the Canterbury Plains, with taller mountains on the inland side. The walk up is not bad, passing through forested sections early on, a short while in paddocks, then back into reserve for the alpine portion to the summit. The main attraction of this walk however is the view from the summit, although the views over the plains as we descended were also nice.
I spent a fair bit of time up on the summit photographing the changing views as the weather began to clear, enough that my wife Sophia made a small snowman to pass the time (that gets into one of my shots). Track notes at the end.
Mt Alford Track: The Scenery
The track at first crosses a paddock, then enters beech forest, mostly within a reserve. After climbing for a while you gradually emerge from the forest into open country, mostly paddocks. It’s then back into a reserve, with alpine vegetation now, and onto a ridge for the final climb to the summit. When we did it in winter the track was pretty muddy on the lower sections, so consider that when planning your footwear. More information on the DOC website.