Banks Peninsula Tops

Te Ara Pātaka
Te Ara Pātaka
Track 2 – 3 days. Easy/medium. One way.
This track between Gebbies Pass and Hilltop was once surveyed as part of the Banks Peninsula Summit Road, although never constructed. Farm and tussocklands, expansive views, and remnant tōtara forest.
Mount Herbert: Western Valley Road approach
Mount Herbert: Western Valley Road approach
Track Easy. Return by the same track.
A straightforward route along the unconstructed section of the Summit Road to the highest point on Banks Peninsula: Mount Herbert / Te Ahu Patiki (919m).

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.