Lake Taylor, Loch Katrine and Lake Sumner – Part 2

LAKE SUMNER – Off the Beaten Track to… Lake Sumner

Lake Sumner is in the Lake Sumner Forest Park as are other lakes such as Loch Katrine and Lake Taylor.
We stayed the night at Loch Katrine doc camp (see Lake Taylor, Loch Katrine and lake Sumner post – Part 1) After a misty start the weather cleared to a stunning day and we headed to Lake Sumner. The 4 wheel drive road wound up the side of Loch Katrine for a few km before ending at locked gate. We walked the rest of the way to lake Sumner, an easy walk along the track taking about half an hour with stunning views.

Lake Sumner is a lake located about 100 kilometres northwest of Christchurch in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island between the Lewis Pass and Arthur’s Pass National Park. Due to its reasonably remote location and difficult vehicle access, it is very rarely ‘busy’ which suits us. The area is characterised by these lakes, beech-clad mountains, wide rivers and natural hot springs.

Loch Katrine

Looking back at the cribs and DOC huts at Loch Katrine

Loch Katrine inlet channel – the sticks mark the start of the channel from Loch Katrine to Lake Sumner.

The inlet channel of Loch Katrine is about 500m in length, 3m to 5m in width. This is a common route for boaties to access Lake Sumner. You can just see the boat going through the channel in the middle of the photo.

And out the other end into Lake Sumner

Lake Sumner on the left of the photo and Loch Katrine on the right.

Lake Sumner – beautiful high country lake with beech forest in the background.

Looking up the valley at then end of Lake Sumner and the Hurunui River
There are plenty of walking and hiking tracks in the Lake Sumner area.  Details of all these walks can be found on the Department of Conservation Web site.

Back at the locked gate we met a couple of guys fixing the fence – had to take a photo of the beautiful farm dogs

I think there were seven dogs on the back of this ute, just lazing in the sun.

Heading back down the side of Lake Lake TaylorLake Taylor

Lake Taylor DOC camp

How to get there – See Part 1 for directions

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