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Mt Guy, Hakatere Conservation Park

Descending Mt Guy. Lake Clearwater and township with the snowy southern alps in the distance. Photo: Dennis Radermacher
Area
Hakatere Conservation Park
Distance
4.1km
Time
3-5hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate
Access
From Clearwater settlement on Hakatere Potts Rd
Map
BX19
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From Clearwater follow the track around the lake edge. Cross the footbridge over Lambies Stream at the east end of Lake Clearwater and follow the main 4WD track for a short distance west. A stile over the fence line, followed by orange-topped waratahs, marks the start of the poled route to the top.

This route climbs gradually through golden tussock, spaniard, matagouri and a variety of native shrubs. At the 900m mark, the route steepens and climbs up a ridge next to a stream gully, where its surface becomes rocky. It flattens out as you near the top for a short stroll to the summit.

For the return, retrace your steps or try rambling along the ridge top to the low summit and take the north-west ridge to a small tarn at the head of a stream valley and tributary of Paddle Hill Creek.

The poled route drops steeply to the terraces below and south through a series of gullies back to Lake Clearwater.

The lake edge track will take you back to your start point, but there are many other route options you can explore.

All you need is a map and a bit of imagination.

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