Mt Tapuaenuku

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.

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.

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...