Rock and Pillar range

Rock and Pillar Conservation Area

  • 6 hr – 8 hr loop track with a road section
  • Easy/medium

This trip can be done in a day but you may wish to spend a night in one of the two huts at the top. The easiest way is probably to do this in an anticlockwise direction because the road going up is an easier grade.

Leaning Lodge • By pmcke.
Key information
Walking time
1 – 2 days
6 hr – 8 hr
Distance
20.0km
Type
Loop track with a road section
Loop track with a road section
Grade
Easy/medium
Be prepared for severe weather at any time of year, especially winter Grades explained
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Kinvara Station, just south of Lug Creek
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Ends
Cnr McKinnon Rd and SHwy 87
Maps
NZTopo50-CD15
NZTopo50-CD16
Altitude
300m – 1,453m
Altitude change 1,153m

This track starts from the DOC carpark at Kinvara Station. The carpark is not marked from the main highway. Just go up what looks like a private driveway just south of Lug Creek, about 9 km from Middlemarch.

Big Hut • By pmcke.

The road up the hill is DOC land but is not fenced so you must close all gates.

The gradient is good on the road and you steadily climb, getting to the Leaning Lodge's altitude in about 2-3 hours. The road forks. Take the left hand road and you will soon see the hut up ahead. The right hand fork continues to the top of the range.

From Leaning Lodge there is no track. We climbed to the top of the range behind the hut and followed our noses over easy alpine meadows to the summit rocks. If foggy the navigation will be much more difficult.

Big hut is on a flank of the range and can be seen from above.

From Big Hut a good poled track leads steeply down the hill through the DOC reserve until the bottom of the range is reached. You cross a stile and follow farm tracks to another DOC carpark.

It is about a 3km walk along the road back to the starting point.

 

Map
ID 2816

About this track

Added 30 March 2008 by pmckepmcke. 2 revisions, most recently 23 November 2009 by pythagnzpythagnz.
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