Peak Hill, Lake Coleridge [ADVENTURE GIRLS MUST DO]

Peak Hill, Lake Coleridge,
Canterbury, South Island, NZ

6.7kms return trip
2hrs moving time
668 m elevation gain
Phew 😅

This weekend we jumped into Hank the Tank and took an 1.5hr drive out to Lake Coleridge to hit up Peak Hill.

I’d seen it posted on a friends page, and it immediately went onto my Adventure Girls Must Do List.

The DOC website is a little light on info about the track, and it’s deemed as ‘expert’, but after some further research, it’s expert due to the changable weather that is so true of going into the mountain, and that the track is exposed.

So here’s a few pics from our mini mission from this adventure, and a few things to know from our experience.

There’s no loo at the start of the track or on the track, so if you’re traveling down the gravel road, theres a loo stop about 3-4 mins before.

We didn’t use it, so not sure if its a long drop, but it’s gonna be nicer than having to wait till you finish up.

We took more stuff than we needed on the day, as it turned out to be a pearler of a day,

That being said, I’m always about carrying more then you need incase the weather changes, or you get injured.

There’s no Vodafone reception on the track, so make sure you let so one know where you’re going and when you’ll be back and if you can, carry a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).

I can’t recommend this enough, especially if you’re traveling alone.

The track starts out crossing a paddock to the base of where the mountain start to head up,

From there… get ready to be walking up hill for the next hour.

The doesnt take a mellow zig zag it goes straight up a ridge line to get you to the first plateau.

This was challenging in a good way.

Im not the fastest uphills, and I always take the slow and steady approach to get to the top…

If you put one foot infront of the other, you will get there, and the rewards will be worth it.

You start to see how big Lake Coleridge is.

We took a truck tonne of pics from there, but the best ones are really from the top.

We had a little snack at the top of the ridgeline, because we saw the next little push up with again up a ridgeline.

Up being the operative word.

But once you get to the top of that, the trail mellows out by comparison, and in 20 mins your at the top….YEOW!!

There’s no trigg at the top of the track, instead you’ll see a big cairn (pile of rocks)

We had breathtaking views of Lake Coleridge.

It took us 2 hours to get from the car to the top, including stops for photos, and snacks.

We kicked back and soaked up the sun while we refueled with lunch.

I could have quite happily laid in the sun and worked on my tan, it was that nice up there.

We decided to jog down, to challenge ourselves on the way down. SO the descend was waaaaaaaaaaay faster than our climb.

So our totally moving time up and down the track was 2 hours.

On the way down the sun was in full heat and we passed a number of people making there way up,

So one of the things we did the best, was getting on the trail early.

We were on the track by 9am (in fact we could have got there a little earlier),

This meant we weren’t on the track walking up on a 22+ degree day.

I loved this track!

I’ve done Roys Peak, which has STUNNING views of Lak Wanaka.

This track is like a slightly shorter, steeper version,

With just as epic views and no where near the crowds for photos (even starting as 9am).

I’d love to know if you’ve done it, and if you have what you thought.

Definitely worth making this an #adventuregirlsmustdo

Here’s to getting more women out doing more cool shit!

See you out there.


aka #nzadventuregirl

Creator of Adventure Girls & Adventure Girls In Biz

Here’s the link to the DOC Site to read a little more about this adventure.

What I Love About Being a Mountain Biker

You what I love about being a mountain biker…. it’s that when you meet locals in their trails they are totally happy to show you round!

I just had the funniest 9km ride with two old timers named Bruce and Dave and the Eskdale MTB Park, Napier.

They had me I stitches the whole way round. Would have gotten myself well and truly lost if it weren’t for them letting tag along.

Top blokes, hardcase as.

If I’m laughing as much as them in the 60’s I’ll know I’ve had a good life!

The loop we rode was narrow single track, so if you’re first time rider or new to mountain biking be prepared for that.

Definitely take a map with you, or use Trailforks to help navigate your way around.

There are trail signs, but like any forest you ride in for the first times it’s easy to get disoriented.

And we rode Waipunga Block, which is scheduled to be logged early 2018, hence lack of trail signage.

I’m definitely keep to get back and ride the Replanted Block which is open now too.

Here’s the link to find out what blocks are open, and where to get your day pass and map from.

Make sure you grab yours and support the local MTB club here!

Go get out there!

Senka x
#nzadventuregirl

 

Omarama Clay Cliffs

Never have I ever seen a place like this before.

I felt dwarfed by the giant clay cliffs, and mesmerised by the layers of clay, and rock as I tried to wrap my head around how they came to be like that over a million years ago.

This rad natural rock formations are just 10 km west of Omarama, and is 100% worth the visit.

Definitely take your time to wander through here.

I reckon it’s one of those little hidden sweet spot of NZ that makes you feel like you’re on another planet.

Never stop exploring both the outside world and your internal world.

Go get out there!

Senka x
#nzadventuregirl

 

Roys Peak Wanaka

My reward after a 3 hour walk up… this epic full view of lake Wanaka in all its glory from the very top of Roys Peak.

I got to walk through dirt, mud, icy patches and at the top snow… whaaat.

I don’t ever tire of seeing our country. We’re so blessed to have a incredible playground as our back yard.

Go explore babe.

Let your sense of adventure lead you to places that fill your happy tank.

The world is waiting for you.

Here’s all the info you need for Roy’s Peak

Go get out there sista.

Senka x
#nzadventuregirl

 

Funny What a Different Perspective on the Same Thing Can Do For You

At the end of the year, we’ll be abseiling down the waterfalls here again.

I’ve walked to Kitekite Falls a few times now, but only at the beginning of the year I west suited up and got right among it all and navigated our way down waterfalls, through boulders, and off edges.

That adventure blew mind my and challenged me mentally.

It made me see this much looked at waterfall in a whole new light.

Kinda like biz and life right?

Funny what a different perspective on the same thing can do for you…

Go get out there sista.

Senka x
#nzadventuregirl

Physical Well Being Is F**king Paramount

What better way to spend a Monday morn than topping up ya happy tank with a quick MTB ride right!

Loading Henry (my bike) on to Hank the Tank (my Hilux). Looking after ya mental well being as much as ya physical well being is fucking paramount!

For so long I put others before me, beat myself up for taking time out to go ride my bike in a week day when I ‘should be’ working and made myself wrong for doing it.

So I’d end up in a double bind, damned if I did, damned if I didn’t.

Let’s face it, that ain’t fun!

So now (and still not always), I put my mental health first… I go fill up my happy tank which funnily enough then inspires me to smash out my work waaaaaay faster.

Go figure right!

Best if both world in my book.

Go get out there sista.

Senka x
#nzadventuregirl

 

Two Glaciers In One Day … whaaaaat!

What a flight…. two glaciers in one day … whaaaaat!

The Franz Josef and the Tasman. Totally mind blowing!

Thanks Mt Cook Ski Planes & Helis  for a super rad time seeing a epic slice of NZs beauty from a breath taking perspective.

It feels incredible to have landed and stood atop two icon glaciers.

Feeling humbled and stoked all in one breath!

Go get out there sista.

Senka x
#nzadventuregirl