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Mt Somers Track
History..........In 1983 Mt Somers and Staveley locals formed the Mt Somers Walkways Society. This led to the creation of what is now known as the Mt Somers Track. \
The track officially opened in 1987, the year the management of the area passed to the Department of Conservation (DOC). Since then there has been a close association between the two organisations.
The Tracks..........The Mt Somers Track; a 1-2 day tramp links the popular Pinnacles and Woolshed Creek huts and provides a circuit around Mt Somers.
There are other walks from 30min to four hours amongst impressive volcanic rock formations, historic mines and shady forest trees.
Columns of rhyoltic basalt make this one of the best climbing areas in Canterbury. Over 60 routes have been developed on the fluted crags behind Pinnacles Hut.
There are hunting opportunities for red deer, chamois and pig. All hunters must have a hunting permit, obtainable from any DOC office.
Woolshed Creek Hut sleeps 26 on sleeping platforms while Pinnacles Hut sleeps 19 on single and double bunks. Water is supplied from either a rainwater tank or directly from a stream.
All drinking water should be sterilised, filtered or boiled before use.
Both Huts have a wood or coal burner for heating but cooking facilities and utensils are not provided.
Starting points for Mt Somers Track are either from Staveley or Mt Somers township.
This information is from the DOC Brochure available from the Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre. The can also book day trips into the area and provide you with more information on the Mid-Canterbury region.
For more information on the Mt Somers track visit the
Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre.
160 Main Street
03 302 8955
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