Mt Tapuaenuku

Mt Tapi (for short) is the highest peak in New Zealand outside the Southern Alps.

Ice axes and crampons are required during the winter months (June - August).

In warmer conditions most of the climb near the top is on scree (this is why some prefer to climb in winter to avoid scree).

In general, it is not a difficult climb, and in summer it is a relatively easy walk up with no special equipment required.

Elevation (feet): 9,465
Elevation (meters): 2,885
Continent: Australia/Oceania
Country: New Zealand
Range/Region: South Island
Latitude: -41.9833
Longitude: 173.65
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: Christchurch
Convenient Center: Clarence or Upcot

Thanks to Mark Eatherley for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Mt Tapuaenuku.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21972 - by Azaclimb on Apr 09, 2010
    First mountain climb but definitely not my last. Not much training was done so lesson learned as was quite a hard slog for me but very rewarding once at the summit.
  • Log #17133 - by Andrew McCrorie on Sep 16, 2004
    Best experienced in snow, still plenty around at end of October in a good year so take ice-axe & crampons, rope not normally necessary. Get an early start for firm snow. It is not a long day so...
  • Log #17132 - by Andrew McCrorie on Sep 15, 2004
    PS the route up the Hodder River crosses farmland, please let the farmer know you are there in person or phone 03-5757471.
  • Log #17131 - by Les Charters on May 07, 2003
    I'm originally from Blenheim and spent eight years in Wellington. There is a fantastic view of Tapuaenuku from Island Bay in Wellington. My 1984 trip up Tapuaenuku was one of the best trips of my...