Otago Section of the New Zealand Alpine Club

Section Event

Sentinal Peak trip

Friday, February 18 2022 — Sunday, February 20 2022

The Basics
Event type: Tramping
Start date: Friday, February 18 2022
End Date: Sunday, February 20 2022
Registration cut-off Wednesday, February 16 2022 12:00 AM
Trip organizers
Juliet Meldrum [Otago]
Cost Petrol money to the car pool drivers.
Participant Information
Who's invited Members and guests
Attendee screening Attendees are pre-screened
Maximum number of participants 12
Total number registered 1
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The ridge travel heading to the top of Sentinal Peak.


Sentinal Peak is a stunning mountain 1814m sitting on the edge of Lake Hawea. It gives amazing views of both Lakes Hawea and Wanaka. 
The plan is to leave Dunedin on Friday about 5pm and car pool to Kidds Bush camp ground (right at the bottom of Sentinal Peak). The drive is about 4hours. 

We’ll camp here the night at the DoC camp ground. The next day we’ll go up Sentinal Peak to a basin about 1200m (about 850m height gain). Initially there is a track to Sawyer Burn hut, then it is off track- mainly tussock travel. 

We’ll camp at the basin and on the Sunday we’ll go to the summit (about 620m height gain) and then head back to the car park via the same way. There is some exposed ridge travel- but not technical. 
Then we’ll drive back to Dunedin on Sun eve.

Participants must have a COVID vaccine pass. 
Participants should wear a mask during car pooling.
If you are unwell with COVID symptoms please do not come on the trip.
The trip may need to be cancelled depending on the Covid situation at the time. 
Sleeping arrangements should be agreed beforehand -only share a tent if you are happy to do so. 

Getting There

We’ll car pool from Dunedin

What to Expect

See description above- a good level of fitness will be required. 

Possible Hazards

Hazards should be minimal but care is needed on tussock travel to avoid twisted ankles- supportive boots are needed. 
Weather is always a risk in New Zealand mountains- so bring enough warm weather gear and waterproofs to avoid hypothermia. The trip going ahead will be dependent on a reasonable weather forecast. 

Exposed ridge travel can cause injury/death due to trips and falls- low risk. 

Sandflies can be a nuisance near the lake front. 


Usual tramping gear is required- thermals not cotton
Tramping socks (+ spare pair). 
Good supportive tramping boots
Gaiters (optional)
Waterproof trousers
Warm fleece or equivalent
Down jacket- it can get cold in the evenings at this time of year.
Water proof jacket
Some spare clothes.
Sun hat
Sun screen
Pack liner to keep all the above dry

Sleeping mat,
Tent/ bivvy bag
Sleeping bag (warm enough for this time of year)

Shared equipment

Bring your own breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

We will do a shared meal on Sat eve. I will allocate who will bring what. 

Friday eve- decide in your car pool group if you’ll stop somewhere on the way or do your own thing.


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