Mt Barossa is an incredible high country hike that will definitely test your fitness level! Located in the beautiful Mt Somers area only a short drive from Geraldine. If you are passing through the area and feel like a challenging short hike then this is definitely the one for you!
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!
Do you have a dog? Mt Barossa is dog friendly! I find dog friendly hikes really hard to come by in South Canterbury.
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 walk starts in an open paddock and then narrows down to a well-marked track. There are a few stream crossings so be sure to take good shoes! Also, pay attention to the signs because there is a chance you could be like us and end up on the extremely hard four 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.
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