Mt Hector


Mt Hector


Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand


Southern Crossing tramp to one of the highest points in the southern Tararuas






This is a continuation of the Field Hut and Kime Hut tracks, part of the Southern Crossing from Otaki Forks to Kaitoki or the Wairarapa.

Continuing from Kime Hut, the track ascends Field Peak (about 1460 metres) before dropping to about 1360 metres before ascending again to Mt Hector at 1529 metres. At the top there is a memorial cross for the trampers who lost their lives in the second world war. There are also magnificent views (on a clear day) over Wellington, the Wairarapa and the Tararua ranges. On a clear day it is possible to see Mt Ruapehu, Mt Egmont, and the Kaikoura ranges in the South Island.

The area is high and very exposed, so make sure you are properly prepared at any time of the year. In winter there is a good chance that the area will be covered in snow. However, the track is well used and well marked.

Memorial Cross on top of Mt Hector Mt Hector

Beehives and Dress Circle south of Mt Hector Dress Circle

You can reach Mt Hector in 45 - 60 minutes from Kime Hut. The Southern Crossing track continues to Alpha Hut which is several hours further along past the Beehives and along the Dress Circle. From Otaki Forks you can expect to reach Mt Hector in about 5 hours if you are fit.

Getting there

Continuation of Field Hut and Kime Hut tracks from Otaki Forks.

Other notes

Tramping through these ranges in the Tararuas requires proper preparation and gear. Make sure your intentions are logged with someone who knows were you are going.




Single track


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13 Feb 2011 by ledzep

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