Canterbury peaks

894 peaks

Highest peak

Mount Cook

12,316 ft / 3,753 m

Most summited peak

Avalanche Peak

13 summits

Most prominent peak

Mount Cook

12,217 ft / 3,723 m prom

Canterbury summits

175 summits

First Ascent Awards

79 of 894 peaks 8%

Top climbing months

April 19%

March 10%

February 10%

Canterbury mountains highlights

"Relaxed start at 9 a.m. on a Saturday. We've met quite a few people on the trail that came out to enjoy the warm weather. Track starts off at sharplin falls car park and climbs through a initially quite muddy forest. As soon as you get out of the forest the track climbs very easily towards the junction leading to the south face summit track. From there it's an easy, somewhat scrambly, 1 hr hike to the summit. The last part over the ridge is great fun. Excellent views from the top" - Mount Somers, ThomasDames, Mar 10, 2018
"My friends and I left Christchurch the afternoon before We drove to the lake heron car park and hiked in to double hut which took about 1 1/2 hrs. There is one river crossing about 15 mins before you get to the hut. The next morning we started at 5 and walked up the swim river, crossing it quite a few times. Once at the obvious ridge we slowly made our way up leaving our wet trainers behind. After one hour of steep scrambling we've had to put on crampons. I highly suggest an very early start as firm snow and ice make the hike much more enjoyable. Great views from the top." - Mount Taylor, ThomasDames, Oct 18, 2017
"Car to Robinson's Bush up Kaituna Valley. Climbed four wheel drive track to Kaituna Saddle and then took the Mt Herbert track until reaching about two thirds around the side of Mt Bradley where a pole marks the beginning of a very steep ill defined track to the summit. Panoramic view of harbour and Port Hills. Trip took three hours. Returned to Kaituna valley by reverse route took another three hours." - Mount Bradley, xxxte-ruru, Dec 16, 2016
"First snow for the year. Beautiful climb past Foggy Peak and onto Castle Hill Peak. Unfortunately clouded over at the summit and then hit by a blizzard on the return climb up Foggy. Luckily it cleared again just over the summit as visibility was low with almost white out conditions. Great fun with micro spikes on the icy ground low down and powdery snow above 1500 metres. 5 hours up and down." - Castle Hill Peak, TonyFullerNZ, May 22, 2016
"Four and a half hours up and down. Cloudy day. No views of Mt Rolleston. Passed a few climbers who turned back because of clouds and wind. Still and calm on the peak though. I climb this at least once a month for fitness. Beautiful climb and a good work out." - Avalanche Peak, TonyFullerNZ, Apr 26, 2016

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