Mount Cargill

Tramping / Hiking route near Dunedin in Otago, New Zealand

Name: Mount Cargill
Discipline: Tramping / Hiking 
Distance: 5 km  /  3 mi. Return
Duration: 0 day 3 hours return
Skill / fitness: Advanced
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Route description:
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Starting point

Street: Mount Cargill Walk Track
City/Town: Dunedin
Region: Otago

Technical information

Starting altitude: 436 m  /  1,430 ft.
Finishing altitude: 436 m  /  1,430 ft.
Maximum altitude: 642 m  /  2,106 ft.
Total ascent: 206 m  /  675 ft.


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Craig de Beer wrote

My description of this walk doesn't do Mount Cargill and its views justice. And considering it snowed the day before, it was spectacular. We arrived at the small car park--with space for about three cars--at the entrance to the walking track on Mount Cargill Road, approximately 2.7km from the Upper Junction Road intersection, 11km from the Octagon at 10am. Our walk began from 436m at the timber steps and rose 76m in the first 0.4km through dense native bush. The climbing soon paid off with the views out towards Blueskin Bay in the northeast starting to open up. We reached the Organ Pipes a further 0.4km along the well-maintained footpath. These grey, octagonally shaped volcanic rock pillars are quite amazing, with hundreds if not thousands lying scattered across the hillside with many more towering above. Continuing on to Mount Cargill, the next 1.0km rose a further 56m to Buttar's Peak, offering spectacular views over Dunedin, the harbour and the Otago Peninsula to the south, and as far as the eye could see to the north. Just 0.7km ahead to the west lay the Mount Cargill summit at 642m with its television mast. After taking a few photos we returned to the car park at 1pm to complete our 5km walk. There is a longer option, starting out on Hall Road in Sawyers Bay, taking in the Grahams Bush Scenic Reserve. An alternate route to the summit is from Normanby via Bethune's Gully.

 Posted 7 years ago

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