Key Summit, Routeburn and others

Key Summit, the Routeburn track and other associated walks

20 minutes up the road is the Divide, at around 520 m it is the lowest road crossing through the Southern Alps.   From the Divide you can access several significant tramping tracks. The Routeburn Track Great Walk, the Greenstone and the Caples Track and a couple of the shorter walks, one up to Key Summit and one down Pass Creek to the Hollyford Road.

 

Key Summit. An easy grade and 1hr – 1hr 15min takes a walker up to Key Summit.

Sitting right on bushline, the alpine flowers, tussocks and tarns are a spectacular foreground to the dominating 360 degree views that can be had from the Summit. The Hollyford Valley flanked by the Darren and Humboldt Mountains dominate the scene. Called Key Summit because it is the key to three watersheds. The water from Key Summit flows to the three coasts, west down the Hollyford, south down the Eglinton and later Waiau Rivers and east down Greenstone to eventually reach the sea via the Clutha River.

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