Last Updated: 29th Mar 2024

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Point at the Keas

Kea Point Track

Mt Cook Village, Canterbury

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 29th Mar 2024

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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 16 ?

3.9km

135m

135m

858m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Lakeside

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

100%

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.1%

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Estimated Times to Run

0:45

Slow

0:40

Moderate

0:35

Fast

From White Horse Hill campsite find the signposted trail to Kea Point and the Sealey Tarns. Follow the well-maintained trail, passing the Sealey Tarns turn off (there is another couple of trail directories that go up there, Two Tarns Stepathon and Mueller Hut) and continue a steady climb up to the lookout above the Mueller Lake. This is massive country.

Kea Point is appropriately named; there are often kea squawking around the surroundings, if you are lucky they may even fly by your run.

Once you've drunk up the views and maybe seen an icefall / avalanche off the nearby wall that is Mt Sefton then retrace your steps back to the campground.

Amazing views of Mt Sefton, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Mueller glacier terminus.

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Parking at the Hooker Valley Road end.

3 km

7 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

It's alpine here, be prepared for alpine weather and sudden changes.

Generally good.

Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

Water at the campsite.

It's 800m above sea level and in the mountains, but this is an all-weather trail. Pack warm gear accordingly though

Stick to the trail especially up at the lookout - unstable moraine cliffs below.

The Hermitage
Mt Cook Village

The Old Mountaineer
Mt Cook village

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Raewyn Peters

Raewyn Peters

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Trail Reviews

No keas today but the clouds broke and Aoraki was on display... Awesome little excursion. Easy walk/run

Brad Geen

April 9, 2023

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