Over the break, I went for a day trip to Mt Sunday in the Ashburton Lakes District of the South Island of New Zealand. A few of my high school friends were back in town and we wanted to go for a trip, except unfortunately the weather had been miserable despite it being summer. We decided to pick a relatively easy trip given that it was still drizzling that morning. The 'mount' itself is actually not that high up, being simply a particularly hard outcrop of rock that was not worn away by past glaciation in the Rangitata Valley. Mt Sunday was actually the location for Edoras (Rohan) from Lord of the Rings, and despite the 40 min bumpy drive along a gravel road to get there from the highway, there is a tour that runs there. Pictures first, gear talk after... The aforementioned gravel road through the Hakatere Conservation Park, looking back towards civilisation in Christchurch (a bit over an hour's drive away). Also along the gravel road, stopping to admire the view of the Rangitata Valley. Mt Sunday is still a little speck in the distance in the middle of the frame at this point. Some way after the gate into the Mt Sunday track, looking at Mt Sunday itself. Crossing a small river, the 4WD tour trucks that the tour operator uses just drives straight over. We came across a few tourists on their way back, waiting to cross the single carriage foot bridge across the river. Continuing up the trail after crossing the ford. My friends, with Mt Potts in the background. Another random little stream. At the base of Mt Sunday (cliffs on the left), with Mt Potts on the right. The view of the Rangitata Valley (looking back towards Christchurch) from half way up. My fiancée grabbed a shot of me climbing up - I'm last up from taking photos :tongue:. Stop for a breather and a shot at the top. My friends admiring the view at the top. And this is the view they were admiring, looking towards the Southern Alps (mostly obscured by clouds) and the source of the rivers in this valley. There was a guided tour up there as well - saw a few Canon/Nikon/Sony DSLR/DSLMs, this girl was using an iPhone. An interesting collection of rocks, looks like a place for a fire? Time to go, it was starting to get extremely windy and cold up there!