Friday, 9 June 2017

South Wellington

Friday 9th June 2017

South Wellington
The outlook was bleak when we arrived at the top of Mount Wellington...cloudy and misty with a cold wind blowing and no sign of a view. After a short consultation we decided to give the walk a go, all the while hoping that the weather would clear. We donned our warm and wet weather gear and set off in the mist. Glasses soon became next to useless as they were covered in water droplets.
Along the track

Along the track

The track

The track
As we neared South Wellington the weather magically started to clear and we were treated to much better views than I had anticipated when we set off.
South Wellington in the mist

From track near South Wellington

South Wellington

South Wellington

From South Wellington

From South Wellington

Looking South West from South Wellington

Towards South Arm
We spent a short time here, sheltering from the wind before heading down to the top Ice House. Here we encountered an elderly gentleman and had an interesting discussion with him before walking out to Smith Monument. The weather remained quite favourable for the rest of the walk. After some lunch we simply headed back to the car encountering three walkers on the way.
Smith Monument
A really good short walk with fantastic scenery on a fine day. We were quite happy with the walk even though the weather was not ideal.
Distance: 7.9 kms.
Time: 4'10"
Ascent: 280 metres




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