Thanks for taking the time to add to our ever-growing Peak Directory. Your contributions will help inspire countless other peak baggers in their quest to explore our beautiful mountains.
Please read the guidelines below. When ready, click the green button below to acknowledge that you have read and understood these. The submission form will then appear on screen - simply fill it out and hit 'Submit' when done.
Note: it can take a while for completed forms to upload so please wait for a confirmation message to appear before closing the window you are working in.
We will review your submission and prepare it for publication.
1. NAMED PEAKS: Only peaks that are NAMED on the most recent online version of NZ Topo Map qualify. If a peak has only a spot height and no name then it is not included. The only exception to this rule is in the case of a high point that is well known to locals by a name that is not shown on NZ Topo Map. Inclusion of such a peak will be at the discretion of the Peak Directory admins.
2. NON-TECHNICAL: Any peaks that are generally recognised as requiring ropes and other mountaineering equipment (including crampons rather than just microspikes) in good summer conditions are not suitable for submission. This generally means a Seriousness Grade of no more than I and a Technical Grade of no more than 2 as defined by the New Zealand Alpine Club.
3. PROMINENCE: Any named peak must have a 100m prominence above the surrounding landscape i.e. have a fall of at least 100m on all sides and in all directions. Exceptions may be made for low peaks near sea level if they are deemed to have local significance e.g. North Head in Auckland. Inclusion of these lower peaks will be at the discretion of the Peak Directory admins.
4. SEPARATION: For any peak to be included it must be a minimum of 1km of travel from another named peak AND have a descent/re-ascent of at least 100 vertical metres, regardless of direction of travel, to or from that neighbouring peak. Where two or more peaks vie for contention under this guideline only the higher/highest Peak will be included. This rules out many sub-peaks on ridges that lead to a more prominent, major Peak. Occasional exceptions will be made where a cluster of named peaks make up part of a well-established peak-bagging route or round e.g. the Tararua 1500’s.
5. ACCESS: Please ensure that the peaks you are submitting is either a) on publicly accessible land administered or b) if on private land it can be listed with the landowner's consent and you can provide the landowner's contact details.
6. CLEAR APPROACH: any peak that requires extensive or particularly arduous bush-bashing to be reached is generally deemed unsuitable for publication. Exceptions may be made and new submissions that possibly fall foul of this guideline will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
7. REMOTENESS: this is a grey area – how remote is too remote? Peak Directory admins will exercise their our own judgement on this but in general it's best to avoid submitting really remote/hard to access peaks
The following scale has been developed to grade the technical difficulty of listed Peaks. Bear in mind the grading is based on what people can expect to find in good summer conditions.
- Straightforward*: Little or no technical difficulty or exposure
- Moderate: Some easy rock scrambling and/or slight exposure
- Difficult: Some hard rock scrambling and/or moderate exposure
- Extreme: Some very hard rock scrambling and/or severe exposure
* NOTE: The term ‘Straightforward’ refers ONLY to the lack of technical terrain. It does NOT imply that the Peak is automatically easy to bag. It may still involve a long and strenuous access run/hike and/or steep climbs.
New to submitting a peak? Please read our guidelines for new Peak Directory submissions.
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