Sugarloaf Pass to pt. 1290m (winter), Mt Aspiring National Park NZ
The 360 degree views from point 1290m just above Sugarloaf Pass, near the start of the Routeburn Track, are amongst the best we’ve seen in New Zealand. So on our trip to Queenstown in winter 2019 we decided to do this walk again, hoping that the rather modest snowfall in the first weeks of winter would nevertheless add to the already fabulous views, and we weren’t disappointed. Mt Earnslaw/ Pikirakatahi is a highlight, as are the Humboldt Mountains. And the beech forest on the ascent and descent was even prettier than I remembered, with some friendly birds adding to the experience.
You can see more on this walk in the original post. There are other variations including a long circuit via Lake Sylvan, and an extension to Sugarloaf Peak (there’s a circuit possible here too). There was snow and ice on the track when we did it: the ice can be avoided but you might consider gaiters if there’s been substantial snowfall at lower altitudes.