Mount Fishtail

  • 1 day
  • Return by the same track
  • Easy/medium

A moderate day hike to the summit of Mount Fishtail a prominent peak in the Richmond Range. Great views can be had once above the bush line.

Mt Sunday to Mt Fishtail & beyond • By glennj. Licence: C.
Key information
Time
7 hr – 10 hr
Allow
1 day
Type
Return by the same track
Return by the same track
Grade
Easy/medium
Easy track until the hut, then several unmarked routes lead to the summit. Snow can be expected most winters. Grades explained
Access
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Starts
Carpark at the end of Pine Valley Road, or Mills Flat Campsite (4wd only).
Distance from you: ()
Ends
Summit of Mount Fishtail.
Other
Altitude
1,641m
Maps
NZTopo50-BR27
NZTopo50-BQ27

The track starts at the head of Pine Valley, a 4wd can drive slightly further to Millsflat Campsite which saves about 20 minutes of walking time. 

The track initially follows a small stream and is reasonably flat, before fording the stream and then heads uphill. The first part of the ascentis quite steep with 500m of elevation gain, before levelling off slightly. Good views can be had out across the wairau plains and along the Richmond range. 

Above the buhline the track then cuts across a large scree slope where it ends at the basic Mt Fishtail Hut. From there several routes can be taken to the summit. The easiest probably makes its way across the small stream, then heads up through a vegetated scree slope to  unnamed pass located above the hut, then head across and up onto the minor peak before a fairly straightforward walk to the main peak. A long scree slopes provides for a quick return to the hut.

Map 
ID 13500

About this track

Added 9 November 2014 by militarismilitaris. 1 revision 9 November 2014 by militarismilitaris.
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