New Zealand

Tramper

Fantham's Peak

Nice hike - not too strenuous. Be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions.

Nice day hike from Dawson Falls Visitor Centre. Track starts behind the centre and winds its way through the forest to the Hillary Memorial.  From there, scrub protects you from most of the wind, until you reach the 1000-step ascent. Care should be taken, as it can get very icy and slippery! A poled route leads from the top of the stairs across scoria to the summit. Fantastic views over Taranaki and Central North Island (cloud willing).

Note: Weather on the mountain changes VERY quickly - within a couple of minutes. Be prepared to turn back without reaching your destination.  Be sure to take lots of layers. Fine, warm sunny days down the bottom, don't mean warm up the top!

Map
Grade Medium
Bookings Not available
Time 5 hr – 7 hr
1 day
Altitude 1,692m
From Dawson's Falls Visitors Centre
To Dawson Falls Visitors Centre
Maps
NZTopo50-BJ29
ID 1925

About this track

Added 4 June 20074 June 2007 by for_ellyfor_elly. 1 revision 25 May 201125 May 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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