A walk up Mt Herbert

Me at the top of Mt Herbert

I don’t normally put myself in my photos! But for this one I thought why the heck not. It’s been a goal of mine to get fit enough (and light enough) to climb to the top of Mt Herbert which is 919m high. Today I achieved that goal. My partner and I climbed up the hill from the Kaituna Valley side. You start from the Valley and walk up to the Packhorse Hut (which is a 4km walk straight up hill). Once you get to the Packhorse Hut you climb up even further (another 4km) and go over the side of Orton Bradley. Parts of the track need you to be part goat! But it was a beautiful day and beautiful views at the top.

The view from the top of Mt Herbert – this is looking down onto the Port Hills and over them to the city and beyond to the Southern Alps. From the top of Mt Herbert you get 360 degree views – you can see down the coast towards Timaru and up the coast towards Kaikoura.

Looking over the hills to Lake Ellesmere and beyond that the Pacific Ocean.


  • 6 years ago

    Amazing! And well done – a personal victory.

  • 6 years ago

    congrats! and what gorgeous views to reward you!

  • Floss
    6 years ago

    Wow, that’s impressive! And such amazing views from the top.

  • lynn
    6 years ago

    Congrats Michelle. It’s no wonder you wanted to make the climb…..beautiful!

  • And the winner is.. Michelle! You get a really stunning view from up there.

  • 6 years ago

    Thanks! Yes a personal victory and one I can mark off my list now! The next one on the list is Mt Oxford – so expect a photo from the top of Mt Oxford sometime in the next 4-6 weeks. The views are just incredible. I’d recommend doing it early in the morning, so you can stay up there for a while and take it all in. I was standing on the highest point on the Banks Peninsula, and it was a odd sensation to be looking down onto the Port Hills – particularly hills that I used to climb and find so difficult.

Related Posts

%d bloggers like this: