Mt Barrosa Summit Track, Hakatere Conservation Park, Canterbury NZ

A short but steep climb to the summit of Mt Barrosa (1364m; sometimes ‘Barossa’) provides all round views of Hakatere Conservation Park and surrounding peaks.

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park

Mt Barrosa is apparently a new-ish addition to the large Hakatere Conservation Park in Mid Canterbury. It sits in the Clent Hills, and you can continue across these to other destinations such as Lake Emily. If all you’re after are extensive views of the surrounding countryside then climbing to the summit and back on a short but steep poled route makes for a good half day option. 

To confuse matters, Barrosa is spelt differently in the name of the track: Mt Barossa Summit Track. Track notes are at the end.

Mt Barrosa / Barossa Summit Track: The Scenery

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Looking up the route from the start. The marked track rises up the ridge to the centre left.

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Looking over the Hakatere Conservation Park, with Hakatere (Station?) the patchwork of green near the Ashburton River South Branch. Mt Guy is in the centre of the background, and climbing this sounds like a similar walk to Mt Barrosa.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
A panorama of Mt Somers and friends from some rocks just east of the main track.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Mt Somers: we would climb this two days later.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Mt Somers (1688m)
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
View from the summit.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
A closer look at Hakatere, Mt Guy and surrounds.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Panorama from the summit. I almost couldn’t get this shot due to very strong winds, but the software in my phone managed to compensate for all my shaking.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Sophia having lunch on the summit. Mt Taylor over there somewhere.

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
A closer look at distant mountains, possibly the Arrowsmith Range.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Looking roughly south as we descended. I think that’s Mt Peel to the right.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
It was very windy!
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
An interesting landform near the car park at the start.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Looking down towards the start.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Almost back.
Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
Met this guy back at the car.


Track Notes

Mt Barrosa Summit Track (or Barossa), Hakatere Conservation Park
A poled route the whole way. Obvious in good weather, perhaps not so in mist.

A short but steep 700m ascent to the summit, through private property for a short while at the beginning, then up a ridge in the conservation area. The vegetation is such that you could choose alternate routes up or down, however I thought the marked track was fine. There’s more info on the DOC website if you need it.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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