Leave your car at the car park on Blandswood Road and climb up the steep Lookout Road.

Once at the top, set out onto Fern Walk. After about 350 metres, you will reach the junction with the Deer Spur Track on the left. The track begins to climb and continues through the forest for a bit before turning into alpine terrain. 

You will reach another junction shortly (after about 30 minutes) where the Deer Spur track connects with Allans Track. Continue left to keep climbing along the ridge. Once you have passed the bush section, the track becomes steeper but the views are well worth it. Walking poles have been recommended for this walk. 

At about 900 metres’ elevation, you will reach an alpine tarn which is considered a good place to stop for lunch or a break. 

Before reaching the summit, you will reach the Tristan Harper Memorial Shelter where there is a water supply and toilet. Though not an official hut, there though not seem to be any indication that staying the night is forbidden.

From the summit of Little Mt Peel, return the same way or take the South Ridge Track down instead.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 4-6 hour walk
  • Distance: 9.2 km
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Bikes allowed: Unknown
  • Route: Return
  • Elevation: 1000 m
  • Wet Feet: Ice and snow in winter
  • Toilets: There is a toilet at the top of the walk, near the shelter.
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Poor coverage
  • Last Updated: July, 2020

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