Hope Valley to Lake Sumner

Harper Pass - Kiwi Saddle
Harper Pass - Kiwi Saddle
Track 5 – 7 days. Medium. One way.
A classic crossing of the Main Divide, following the deep valleys of the Hope Fault from the Arthur's Pass road to the Lewis Pass road.
Hope-Kiwi Lodge
Hope-Kiwi Lodge
Track 2 days. Easy. Return via same track.
Easy but dull walking along the Hope River, following the line of the Hope Fault. From the spacious hut, you can make a day trip to Charley's Point on Lake Sumner.

Track grades

Unusually smooth, well-marked track, easy gradients. Up to about 4 hours per day.
Typical lowland track. Generally easy walking and well marked. Ascents of up to 1000m. Some easy river crossings, unmarked travel along rivers.
Typical tops track. Experienced trampers only. Rough, muddy and poorly marked or unmarked. Ascents of up to 2000m. River crossings, open tops, passes. Up to about 8 hours per day.
Navigation and snow skills (use of ice axe and crampons) required. Glaciers, exposure to falls.
Rough or non-existent tracks. Following ridges, bush spurs, and rivers. Steep ascents, arduous travel, hazardous conditions, snow and navigation skills essential.