Distance: 8.5km (5.3 mile) Time: 4hrs/morning, 2hrs afternoon
After a hearty breakfast, leave behind Shearwater Lodge and experience extraordinary alpine valleys and dramatic vistas. On this section the track traverses Happy Valley and walkers enjoy the alpine vista of spectacularly rugged mountains which rise steeply from each side of the valley.
A keen eye should be on the alert for red deer, Arapawa sheep and the elusive, and nimble, chamois. Leaving the valley we climb up on to a high ridge arriving at Surveyor's Peak Lookout some 1522m (4995ft) above sea level. The panoramic views from here are simply breathtaking and if the skies are clear, you can see as far south as Banks Peninsula and as far north as the eastern coast of the North Island. Walkers may enjoy a picnic lunch at Surveyor's Peak Lookout or return to Shearwater Lodge for a late lunch. The afternoon then allows time to relax, explore, or just savour the delights of this alpine environment from the comfort of Shearwater Lodge.