The route to the summit of Mt Rosa (1324m) starts in thorny weeds, but soon moves into tussock grass and before long there are views over the Gibbston Valley wine region, the Horn and Carrick Ranges, and eventually over to the Remarkables Conservation Area. Good for cooler weather because there’s no shade for the whole length of the walk.
The walk up Mt Rosa (1324m) from Victoria Flats was another lesser known walk to exceed expectations. It is so unknown that we didn’t come across a single other walker on two occasions. The wide track at first passes through thorny bushes, but before long these are left behind as it enters quintessential Central Otago high country; basically tussock grass. Eventually there are views of the Gibbston Valley wine region, and surrounding mountain ranges such as the Horn Range, Carrick Range, and the Remarkables Conservation Area.
My pictures from the first ascent in 2016 were taken in very picturesque weather conditions, with a few cloud inversions below and blue skies above, plus some winter snow on the high peaks. Our second ascent didn’t provide these sorts of views, but I’ve included a few shots anyway. A good walk for cool conditions as there’s no shade for the whole length of the track.
The DOC notes describe a walk between Coal Pit Saddle and Victoria Flats, however we have done this as a 1000m ascent of Mt Rosa (1324m) from Victoria Flats, specifically the small car park near Victoria Bridge, and then back down again. At the hard end of moderate. Pretty straightforward walk, but have a quick look at a map before you go just to get your bearings.
(Note: We drove past the other day (March 2020) and noticed extensive earth moving works underway next to the start of this walk, and this is reflected in the latest satellite imagery. The DOC website suggests the walk is still open and starts in this same spot.)