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Mt Memphis, Fiordland National Park

High above the Spey River, Mt Memphis (1405m) commands one of the most impressive views accessible from the Dusky Track, stretching across the Matterhorn Mountains of Southern Fiordland. To make it even better, the approach to the summit is surprisingly easy from the track. 

From Centre Pass (1051m), the route to the top follows steep tussock slopes to the north-east before coming out onto a rolling rocky plateau that makes easy going for the final kilometre. A trig marks Mt Memphis proper, but for even better views continue for 100m to where the land drops suddenly away to the Spey Valley a kilometre below. 

Centre Pass is roughly halfway on the five hour walk from Kintail Hut to Upper Spey Hut, so the 1.5hr return walk makes for an excellent side trip. Just watch out for the weather as it can close in fast. 

For the brave (or crazy) at heart, the many tarns on the plateau also offer an opportunity for a refreshing dip. 

1.5hr return from Centre Pass
From Centre Pass on the Dusky Track

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