Tramping to a mountain eyrie- Mt Fyffe, Kaikoura
|Kaikoura Peninsula from high on Mt Fyffe Track|
Heading up Mt Fyffe...into "Storm-ageddon '15"The Seaward Kaikoura's are big mountains...many are above 1600 metres with a few as high as 2600. In places the flat coastal strip is less than a kilometre wide so the juxtaposition of the two is stark.
These mountains literally fall straight into the sea...
Mt Fyffe is clearly visible from Kaikoura Township, the summit sits at 1600 meters with a 8 bunk DOC hut on a ridge slightly lower down.
|Panorama view of Fire-pool Flat and Homestead Spur|
The Mt Fyffe Track is actually a 4 W/D access road leading from near the Kowhai River to the summit. You follow this track for the duration of the trip, it is steep but easy walking. It takes 2-3 hours walking to reach Fyffe Hut, another hour from there to the summit.
I've been to the hut before but not right to the summit of Mt Fyffe.
|DOC track sign for Mt Fyffe area|
|Mt Fyffe map, red cross marks highest point reached|
The track starts climbing right from the start and doesn't let up until you reach the hut about 4 kilometres away after climbing 1100 metres. There are a number of other tracks starting at the same point including the short Hinau Track, Kowhai Hut and the Kowhai-Hapuku route via the Kowhai River gorge.
|Locked gate at start of 4 W/D track up Mt Fyffe|
|Mt Fyffe: turn off for Hinau Track|
|First view of Kaikoura plains from Mt Fyffe|
|Mt Fyffe access road/track|
|View S-East towards Waiau-Kaikoura Valley from Mt Fyffe|
|First view of Kaikoura Peninsula from Mt Fyffe|
|Storm approaching Mt Fyffe from south-west|
|Northern end of Kaikoura Plain from Mt Fyffe|
|Another storm making its way up the Kaikoura Coast|
|View rest area 40 minutes up the Mt Fyffe Track|
|Close up of Kaikoura Peninsula|
|Fire pool flat on the Mt Fyffe Track|
|Mt Fyffe: View to the south-east from fire pond flat|
|Kaikoura Peninsula from 800 meters up Mt Fyffe|
|Kowhai River Gorge, Homestead Spur|
|Storm approaching Kaikoura from the west|
|Jon on the Mt Fyffe Track|
|Homestead Spur- storms clouds gathering!|
|View towards summit of Mt Fyffe from the track|
|Kaikoura in the distance from Mt Fyffe|
|View towards Amuri Range from Mt Fyffe|
|Kowhai River and Kaikoura Plain from Mt Fyffe|
|Rain falling at sea off Kaikoura|
|View west towards the Inland Kaikoura's|
|One of the benches positioned along the Mt Fyffe Track|
I was well pleased that I had decided to turn back.
|Last view of Kaikoura Peninsula from Mt Fyffe|
NB: No....it rained or was really windy for all of our subsequent trip....no tramping!
This is still on my too do list!