Welcome to the CMC Trips Directory where you can find a selection of the best mountaineering trips in the Canterbury Region.

Click on the trip name to find out more about the trip. Inside the FatMap you’ll find downloadable GPX files for each route.

Trip NameGradeRegionDistance (km)Elevation Gain (m)Short DescriptionTopo map
Castle Hill Peak1Craigieburn11.11230Easily accessible day trip from Christchurch with amazing views of the Canterbury Plains & Castle Hill basinTopo
Mt Aicken1Arthur's Pass9.21250A good introduction to Arthur's Pass peak bagging east of the highwayTopo
Hamilton Peak1Craigieburn15.41395A varied climb from beech forest, rocky ridge and classic Craigieburn ridgelineTopo
Cassidy – Blimit Traverse1Arthur's Pass10.61223Two peaks for the price of one, finishing past the Temple Basin lodge for refreshmentsTopo
Mt Philistine1Arthur's Pass7.81040Remote alpine feels just west of the divide with great view of the Otira face of RollestonTopo
Mt Annette1Aoraki/Mt Cook15.81748A perfect first peak in Aoraki/Mt Cook National ParkTopo
The Marquee1Canterbury Alps36.81891A taste of the Arrowsmiths with great access from CMC's Cameron HutTopo
Faerie Queene1Lewis Pass43.82416A cool Lewis Pass weekend journey from valley tracks to summit ridgesTopo
Mt Franklin - South ridge1Arthur's PassA wilderness mountaineering journey from west coast rivers to a remote summitTopo
Manakau1+Kaikoura32.13060A long climb from sea to summit to a peak with outrageous prominence over the surrounding landscapeTopo
The Nun’s Veil1+Aoraki/Mt Cook29.92146A great multiday adventure across the Tasman Lake to a stand-alone peak with top views of Aoraki's Caroline FaceTopo
Mt Rolleston – Rome Ridge2Arthur's Pass11.71483The ultra-classic Canterbury ridge climb, a must-do day of mountaineeringTopo
Phipps – Temple Traverse2Arthur's Pass9.41115The Remarkables Grand Traverse of Canterbury, a stunning traverse of the two peaks of the Temple BasinTopo
Philistine – Rolleston Traverse2Arthur's Pass14.31635A grand journey along a stunning ridgeline culminating in the High Peak of RollestonTopo
The Warrior – SW Face2Canterbury AlpsThe Armoury Range is full of fascinating mediaeval peaks & passes. Above all of them towers The Warrior.Topo
The Footstool - Eugenie Glacier2+Aoraki/Mt CookA good introduction to more serious mountaineering in the Aoraki region often involving some complex glacier navigationTopo
Mt Elie de Beaumont2+Aoraki/Mt CookA demanding glacial climb to a powerful peak dominating the head of the Tasman GlacierTopo
Mt Dixon – East Ridge2+Aoraki/Mt CookAn intermediate mountaineering test piece in the shadow of AorakiTopo
Mt Arrowsmith - Central Couloir3-Canterbury AlpsTopo