Rock Peak from Crown Saddle, Pisa Conservation Area, Otago NZ
A straightforward walk to Rock Peak (1490m) through tussock grass at the southern end of the Pisa Conservation Area.
This walk from Crown Saddle (1070m) to Rock Peak (1490m) provides easy access to the tussock-grassed Pisa Conservation Area. It’s easy walking along a vehicle track, and there are views the whole way over the Crown Range, the Wakatipu Basin, including the back of the Remarkables, and the Gibbston Valley wine region.
You might be joined at first by holiday-makers who have stopped on their way between Queenstown and Wanaka along the Crown Range Road. But as our local friends promised they would, everybody turned back after less than a kilometre, leaving us to enjoy some easily accessed solitude.
Crown Saddle is the highest sealed pass in New Zealand, so you might need chains to get up there in winter. No need for track notes, but here’s info on the DOC website.
Rock Peak from Crown Saddle: The Scenery
First some shots from our first time up the mountain, then some from winter that same year.
On our way back here…
Rock Peak, winter 2019
We did this walk again in winter 2019, and here are some shots from that occasion…