This morning I got up early and walked to the top of Mt Iron. I hope you can feel my virtue rising from your computer! The morning was crisp and cold, a light frost was covering the ground.The sun came up into a clear blue sky. The rabbits hopped about. Other walkers and their dogs did the ‘up and over’ circuit.

From the car park, DOC says it takes 1 hour 20 minutes to do the circuit.  This means climbing to the top one way and coming down the other sound, round the base of the mountain and back to the carpark. The track is very clear and easy to find. If you don’t want to go up the top you could just follow the track around towards Albert town.

I went to the top for exercise this morning but it is a beautiful walk and the top is a great place for a picnic. The 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains are breathtaking. Right now they are still dusted with snow, it is beautiful though at any time of the year.

The Department of Conservation says it is a very popular, close-to-Wanaka-town loop walk. It suits all ages and abilities and offers great views from the summit

Here are what some tourists recorded on their webcam.

Mt Iron is easy to find. it is “behind” Wanaka town. Opposite Puzzle World. People say it is shaped like an old fashioned iron. You will have to use your imagination.

Here’s a map if you can find it from the Lake.

My aim to get fit enought to make it up Mt Roy. That’s quite another challenge.

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