A big day on Little Mt Peel
It is quite a drive to the start of the track, but we’ll break it up with a coffee and pie and I can tell you more about the quaint little villages and mountain ranges we’ll pass on the way. If you have road trip plans to head this direction anyway (perhaps you’re driving on to the West Coast or Southland/south), then let’s meet up close to the track. You can message me to arrange this once you book.
Once we’ve reached the car park a challenging but rewarding climb awaits. Little Mt Peel offers magnificent views at 1,311m and you can even see the coast in the distance (I’ll try to remember my binoculars for a better view).
The track leads through native bush and tussock slopes, stopping at a little day shelter just below the summit, where we can have lunch before pushing onto the summit. An optional, short side trip to the Rata Falls marks the end of our trip before we head back into the city. Time to compare photos and talk about the delicate and vital ecosystem we just experienced.