Mt Barrosa, South Island NZ

While I ventured home to Timaru for the long weekend I managed to squeeze in a trip to Mt Barrosa with my wonderful mother and BFF (Milly the dog).

When I lived in Timaru I found it really hard to find new places to explore and would always tend to do the same hikes (Little Mt Peel and Mt Nimrod). After looking into it, I found that there are actually endless opportunities to escape into nature around the area, I’m kind of kicking myself for not discovering them sooner!!

Since I had little time to explore I decided it would be a good idea to do a walk that would only take half a day (turns out it took a little longer because its winter and mountains like to get snow on them…). Anyway, we climbed Mt Barrosa, because it was also dog friendly. I find dog friendly hikes hard to come by!


Getting there:

Mt Barrosa is located about 1.5 hours from Timaru, just past the little town of Mt Somers. Most people who ticky tour past mid Canterbury head to Mt Somers and this Mountain is located just behind. The hike is supposed to take about 2.5 hours (going up) but we never actually made it to the top (silly snow) so I can’t be too sure. Nevertheless, it was a great walk!

You park at the bottom of the mountain (there is a sign) and start your walk from there. It’s on the right hand side of Ashburton Gorge Road and you shouldn’t miss it (unless it’s snowing and in that case, highly possible). Check out this brochure if you are unsure of where to go. Click here. 

The hike:

The walk starts in an open paddock and then narrows down to a well-marked track. There are a few stream crossings which is cool, just be sure to take good shoes! Also, pay attention to the signs because Mum and I were too busy talking and ended up on the 4 wheel drive track…

When you get half way up the mountain you are able to hear the stream on the other side trickling down the mountain. It is very surreal and a good place to stop and breathe in the fresh air.

While we were there the snow was falling which was a rather magical experience! I tried to push on and make it to the top but the track got very slippery and it became hard to see where to step. (This is when it’s handy to have four legs, my dog was like a mountain goat, pretty much already at the top!).

It was really cool to push my mum and stretch her comfort zone. She did so well and took mini breaks along the way to keep her going. She said she felt alive and was glad to share the experience with me, which was really nice. I encourage you all to get out there with your parents if you can! They can be a lot of fun 🙂

I will definitely be heading back in the summer to tackle this mountain and recommend this to any of you who want to experience a short mid Canterbury hike!

Maybe in the summer we can go together.


With love,

Lee X


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