Seaward Kaikoura Range

(30 routes)

Anyone approaching the Kaikoura peninsula can hardly fail to notice the rugged high peaks towering above the coastal strip, and remarkably close to the sea. Manakau, the highest peak on the range, is only 12km from the coast, and in winter, the snowy summits seem tantalisingly close. The area experiences climatic extremes – dry in summer, southerly storms and snow in winter. Vegetation cover was greatly modified in Polynesian times by burning and later, by pastoral clearing. Pockets of original podocarp forest remain, and some Hall’s totara and red beech on higher slopes. There are extensive areas of subalpine scrub, kanuka and manuka. Both ranges were formed by rapid land uplift, and there is much evidence of faulting and erosion on the dry and barren upper slopes. Peaks of the southern range are reached from the Kowhai and Hapuku Rivers, and peaks north of Manakau are climbed from the Puhi Puhi Valley and Miller Stream. Western approaches, from the remote Clarence Valley, are seldom used. There is a skifield (Mt Lyford) on private land at the very southern end of the range. From here you can access some moderate gully climbs on the south and south-east faces of Mt Terako. Note that if you walk out of the ski area, you must sign an intentions book, since the skifield operators are responsible for safety.

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Traverse of the Seaward Kaikouras 1
A complete traverse of the range, from George Spur to Tarahaka, Te Ao Whekere, Manakau and Mt Saunders to Snowflake is quite feasible, and has been done on several occasions.
Ben Winnubst Photos: Shaun Barnett/ Black Robin Photography, Clayton Garbes


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Mountain Mt Fyffe (8 routes)
Mountain Manakau (5 routes)
Mountain Te ao Whekere (4 routes)
Mountain Uwerau (4 routes)
Mountain Saunders (1 route)
Mountain Shattered Pk (1 route)
Mountain Snowflake (2 routes)
Mountain Tarahaka (2 routes)
Mountain Pt 2311 (2 routes)
Valley Kowhai River (0 routes)
Valley Hapuku River (0 routes)
Range Hawk Range (0 routes)
Range Haycock Range (0 routes)
Mountain Pt 2414 (0 routes)
Mountain Pt 1757 (0 routes)
Mountain Warder (0 routes)
Mountain Pt 1593 (0 routes)
Mountain Mackintosh Knob (0 routes)