Walking the Monument Track...more tramping fun on Banks PeninsulaI thought I would get out for a tramp over the ANZAC weekend, so after a bit of thought decided to walk up Monument Track. This track on the far side of Lyttleton Harbour follows a paper road from Purau Saddle to the summit of Mt Herbert. I have previously walked the track but it is a nice walk so warranted another visit
At the start of the track you pass the historic Monument Hut (1957) it is a couple of hundred meters to the South West of Purau Saddle.
|Entrance to historic Monument Hut (1957)|
|Map: Monument Track, Purau Saddle to Pt. 913/Mt Herbert|
Monument Track: Purau Saddle to Mt HerbertThe track starts over a stile next to the parking area on Purau Saddle, it is not marked (there are no DOC information panels) so you just have to trust that there is a track. It's marked with DOC style poles about every 20 meters for its entire length so you are not going to get lost...
|The start of the Monument Track on Purau Saddle|
|The Purau Saddle car park, Monument Track|
|Monument Track: the track marker poles heading South West|
|The Monument, the track sidles this side of the peak|
|Monument Track: starting the step climb to the Summit Walkway|
|Looking back towards the Purau Saddle from the Monument Track|
|Monument Track: a multitude of farm tracks up here...|
|Starting up the switchback on Monument Track|
|Purau Bay and Lyttleton from near the Monument, Banks Peninsula|
|Purau and the Port Hills from Monument Track|
|Topping the switchback section on the Monument Track|
|Pt. 913 to left and Mt Herbert to right...|
|View of Pt. 913 from the Monument Track under Pt 806|
|View back along Monument Track|
|Pt 913 the destination for today, Monument Track, Banks Peninsula|
|The side track to the Summit Walkway....|
|Monument Track heading off to right, note the bluffs on Pt. 913|
|Jon at the saddle between Mt Herbert and Pt. 913|
|Mt Herbert to West from the saddle|
|Birdlings Flat from near Pt. 913|
|Mt Herbert shelter and Mt Bradley in the distance|
|Climbing the Summit Walkway to the repeater station on Pt. 913|
|Radio repeater station on Pt. 913|
|View to South towards Birdlings Flat from atop Pt. 913|
The track follows the top of the ridges heading out to the left in the photo below...
|View to SE along Te Ara Pataka from Pt. 913|
|Lyttleton and Port Levy from Pt. 913, Banks Peninsula|
Surprisingly it has never been named!
As you can see in the photo below we are more or less on the same contour line as Mt Herbert out to the North West. Awesome views of Canterbury from up here even with the high cloud that obscured the distant Southern Alps.
|Mt Herbert from atop Pt. 913|
|View to SW towards Mt Bradley from pt. 913|
|Jon on Pt. 913, Banks Peninsula|
The distance from Pt. 913 to Mt Herbert would be about 1-1.2 kilometres or about 20-30 minutes walking distance.While I was on 913 having lunch a person walked down off Mt Herbert and passed heading in the direction of Port Levy, it took her 20 minutes to get to me.
|Mt Herbert from lunch spot next to Pt. 913 repeater station|
|Close-up of Mt Herbert, people near the trig point on the extreme left....|
|View to East: Pt. 806, the Monument and Port Levy from Pt. 913|
|Monument Track from Pt. 913|
|Pt. 913 to left, Mt Herbert to right|
|Wind blowing the tussock on the Monument Track|
|Closing in on a misty Monument|
|View down to Purau Saddle from the Monument Track|
|Monument Hut in lee of slope from Monument Track|
It is a pity really as it took another 49 years before a new public hut (Rod Donald) was commissioned on Banks Peninsula.
|Historic Monument Hut (1957)|
|Closer view of Monument Hut|
It is still largely as built as it hasn't seen the wear and tear of a well used hut.
|Monument Hut interior: straw/scrim bunks|
No potable water source in the immediate area.
|Monument Hut: Spartan interior fit out|
|View of Monument Hut and the Monument in the background|
|Jon outside Monument Hut|
|Over the hills to Purau Saddle car park...|
|Cloud closing in on Pt.806|
|Purau Bay from the road to Diamond Harbour|
Access:The track starts at Purau Saddle about 20 minutes drive past Diamond Harbour, it climbs past the Monument to join Te Ara Pataka/ Summit Walkway.
Track Times:2 hours to Pt. 913, another 30 minutes to reach Mt Herbert, 1.5 hrs return to the Purau Saddle car park.
Hut details: Monument Hut: basic, 4 bunks, no water, no toilet, no heating.
Miscellaneous:The car park at Purau Saddle occasionally falls victim to vandals, do not park your car here overnight.