The popularity of Mitre Peak as a tourist icon, and the increasing accessibility of kayaks in the sound, has led to more and more ascents in recent years. Kayaking across to the base in the early mornings makes Mitre Peak a unique climbing experience found nowhere else in New Zealand. Still well worth the adventure, although recent parties have complained of seeing increasing rubbish and human waste.
Be aware that a considerable day-breeze picks up on the water by mid-afternoon. The fiord can become choppy and unforgiving.