Views across the island, rare wildlife and native bush
Buckland Peaks track starts not far from Westport with an easy stroll over farmland and past mānuka shrub. We’ll have time to warm up our legs before the start of a steady uphill climb following a ridge. This will last for most of the hike. Best to pack some energy-rich snacks to keep you motivated – we can also take breaks on the way though.
Once we’ve reached the bush line, the views open up and we can even see the hut in the distance. We’ll claim our bunk beds, enjoy lunch and can either relax at the hut or continue up to Buckland Peaks.
It’s definitely worth the extra effort and you’ll have views in every direction from up there. Next to the Paparoa Range and coastline, you can even spot Mt Cook on very clear days.
As a born and bred West Coaster, I know this area well and can show you nearby hikes we can see from up here and fill you in on the history of the region. There’s also a lot of unique vegetation and wildlife local to the area, like some rare bird species and the rare giant mole wētā that’s only found in the Paparoa Range – he’ll see you before you see him!