There are few opportunites for non-mountaineers to experience standing on a summit in the Mt Cook National park, but a day hike to the summit of Sebastopol is one of them. By continuing on past the popular walk to the Red Tarns, Sebastopol can be bagged on a 5 hour return trip from Mt Cook Village. There are also a couple of guiding companies that will escort you to the summit if you wish.
More details on this walk can be seen at the SummitPost Sebastopol page
|Location/List||South Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||43? 45′ 12″ S, 170? 5′ 58″ E|
|Nearest Town/s||Mt Cook Village
Mt Cook Village is a 2.5 hour drive from wither Christchurch or Queenstown. The Day Shelter is in the middle of Mt Cook Village.
As you can start the walk from Mt Cook Village itself, it is possible to use public transport to reach the start point. There are no trains to Mt Cook Village, but there are coach services provided by Intercity.
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NZ Topographic Map
Sebastopol is located in an alpine environment, and extreme weather and snow & ice can occur at any time of year. You must be suitably equipped and experienced for this tramp (summer)/mountaineering trip (winter). Please take care and gain up to date information from DOC before departing.