Mount / Mt Fyffe Walk

Mount / Mt Fyffe Walk


10 Rankers Reviews

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Superb views over the Kaikoura Plain and Peninsula reward those who climb on Mt Fyffe.

On a clear day the view at higher levels includes Banks Peninsula and the North Island. From Mt Fyffe carpark follow the 4WD road up the mountain's long south-west ridge. The road goes right to the summit; a return journey of about 8 hours.

Those with less time or energy could go as far as Mt Fyffe Hut (5 hours return) or the lookout point near a firepond, which is just an hour above the carpark. The Spaniard Spur route offers a steeper alternative route to the upper mountain via the Kowhai River.


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Walking
  • Free


Tristan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice view of Kaikoura and Mont Manakau. You can make the return in the or sleep in one hut for 5$. Choose a good day ;)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Zaneta's avatar


Czech Republic

Ranking: 5/10

Easy walk up. Most beautiful sunrise (it was really worth it to wake up early). Nice walk to the Saddle but the way down the valley was pretty hard in the stream and bush.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Alice and James

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Great views from the summit but a hard (fairly boring) ascent - great for fitness. 6 hours return.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Elisabet Millet


Ranking: 8/10

We spent a week in Kaikoura and it is a good place to relax and enjoy the beach. But we really recommend to spend one day to go up the Mt Fyffe. A sunny and clear day. The views are amazing and worth it, although it is hard walking up.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Cody Stewart


Ranking: 8/10

There was a very gruelling seven hour return trip that tested me physically and mentally as I am very much a rookie climber - but the view and sense of accomplishment afterwards was definitely worth it.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jitka and Matej

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views of all the peninsula of Kaikoura from the Summit of Mt Fyffe (1602m). On the way back using the river side path (you feel like you are exploring a new world).

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Miriam Burchartz


Ranking: 9/10

One of the best experiences but only if you are looking for adventure due to the heaviest wind I have ever experienced! Sometimes we could not walk on! Awesome view!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Mak Walther


Ranking: 8/10

The track has beautiful views and is quite adventurous due to strong winds, nice free hut, very steep!!!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Cal Don

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

I ran all the way up and down, about 2 hours 40 mins in total. The first part is a hard slog up a quite dull, consistently steep 4WD track. After that the track becomes much better, with variations in steepness. The best part of the track is from the hut to the summit, which is about the final third. Views are astounding in all directions. Well worth the effort.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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John Freeman


Ranking: 7/10

Did not get to the top because of insufficient time. First hour of the walk is steep, slippery and boring, improves markedly after that.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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