Home / Articles / Waypoints

Action on Alexander

Image of the May 2018 Wilderness Magazine Cover Read more from the
May 2018 Issue

Mt Alexander, West Coast

Nearing the summit of the low peak of Mt Alexander, or Little Alexander as some call the 1795m high point, the entire northern section of Westland, and in particular, the seldom-viewed western parts of Arthur’s Pass National Park, open up for viewing.

The view just gets better and bigger as the unmarked route leads on to Mt Alexander itself – two kilometres away along a razorback ridge and 200m higher at 1958m.

Below the summits is the wide, deep trench of the Taramakau River, some 1700m lower. It feels all of that, seemingly detached from the upper mountain world, the valleys cut around the flanks of these mighty bastions, great arms of grey and green forging their way to the sea.

Though not a Main Divide peak, Mt Alexander has a view to rival that of most of its nearby, and higher, neighbours. But it will take two days of determined effort to reach the top, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get perfect conditions like this – Westland’s weather is notoriously fickle.

Support Wilderness

Since 1991, Wilderness has had one simple goal: to help Kiwis ‘See more, do more, live more’ of New Zealand.

If you value our mission, please consider subscribing. As a loyal supporter, you’ll receive these benefits:

  • New Zealand’s best outdoor journalism We’ve won multiple awards for our journalism and magazine production.
  • NZ’s best trips. Browse more than 610 trips with downloadable maps and route notes.
  • Trustworthy gear reviews. Each month we review gear we’ve been bashing and thrashing for months so you can determine if its worth your money.
  • Web exclusives. Each week we publish stories you won’t find in the magazine. View our latest web exclusives.
  • Member benefits. Our WildCard provides discounts at more than 20 partners throughout New Zealand.
  • Your support goes a long way. Your subscription will help us fund NZ’s best outdoor journalists and writers and ensure Wilderness will be there to inspire the next generation of outdoor Kiwis.

A subscription costs as little as $7.00/month for instant access to all articles, trips, gear reviews and gear guides.

View all our subscription options and join the club.

Already a subscriber? Login Now.

Total Ascent
Moderate / Difficult
Car park to Camp Creek Hut, 2.5hr; hut to Mt Alexander, 5-6hr
Camp Creek Hut (free, six bunks)
Signposted access on Lake Brunner Road at Camp Creek, 3km north-east of Lake Poerua

GPX File

Mt Alexander (gpx, 20 KB)

GPX File

Your device does not support GPX files. Please try a different device.