Fiordlands National Park. Gertrude Saddle, Homer Saddle, Peak attempts
Gertrude Saddle, Homer Saddle and peak attempts.
Whether you plan on hiking solely the Te Araroa or not you shouldn't leave New Zealand without seeing the Fiordlands.
Though these hikes were not multi-day and not on the Te Araroa trail they were in my opinion the most scenic of the all of the New Zealand hikes. The Darren Mountain range is simply spectacular. Both Gertrude saddle and homer saddle were only about 3 hours walk each way but required scrambling in some sections. The goal was to attempt Muir peak off of homer saddle and Talbot peak off of Gertrude saddle but the conditions were a bit snowy and icy and we didn’t have ice axes or crampons with us. The views from these saddles were mighty! In every direction you could see layer upon layer of granite walls, snowy peaks and glacier carved valleys.
I attached a few pictures of the routes we took for the peak attempts. If you are a climber you will want to spend a lot of time in this region. I already know I will be back.