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

List Status Official
Elevation 1,468 m (4,816 ft)
Location/List South Island, New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Location Coordinates 43° 45′ 12″ S, 170° 5′ 58″ E
Nearest Town/s Mt Cook Village
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 5 hours (return)
Distance 4.4 km (2.7 mi)
Start/End Points Mt Cook Village Day Shelter
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Marked Route, Scramble, Scree/Scoria
Season Help.gif Summer & Autumn
Sights Views , Red Tarns, views of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park
Hazards Alpine weather , snow/ice in winter & spring

Getting There

By Car

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.

Public Transport

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.

Google Earth Map

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.

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