Mt Snowdon

Mt Snowdon, the highest peak in the Tasman Mountains

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 1,859 m (6,099 ft)
Location/List South Island, New Zealand
Region Nelson/Marlborough
Location Coordinates 41° 2′ 7″ S, 172° 36′ 10″ E
Nearest Town/s Takaka
Range Tasman Mountains
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2 days, one way
Start/End Points Cobb Reservoir / Killdevil Track
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Marked Route, Unmarked Route, Scramble, Stream/River Crossings, Snow/Ice (seasonal), Rocky surface
Season Help.gif Year round
Sights Views, Bush, Rivers, Campsites, Huts
Hazards Alpine weather, Unstable tracks, Exposed track/risk of falling, Lack of signage

Getting There

From Upper Takaka, take the winding road up to the Cobb Reservoir. Be very careful on this road! Drive to Trilobite Hut and then walk up the valley to Fenalla Hut. Climb up past Waingaro Peak, along the ridge to Kakapo Peak, then descend onto the exposed and loose ridge that runs to Mt Snowdon.

If you want to walk out via the Waingaro River, be prepared for real tiger country, 500m an hour in places. That is after you negotiate your way down off the summit. Be ready to bivvy in the bushafter you finally make it into river. And remember, this is now tiger country, NO TRACKS! Until Waingaro Forks Hut.

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