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 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
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.