The Darran Mountains contain Fiordland’s highest peaks and some of New Zealand’s most arresting mountain scenery. Here Ice Age glaciers have scooped out magnificent alpine lakes, carved precipitous mountain walls, and shaped virtually every aspect of the topography. While these monstrous glaciers have long since retreated, many of the area’s highest peaks still boast significant glaciers as well as the Ngapunatoru Plateau – an ice shelf about one square kilometre in extent.
From a car park near the entrance to Homer Tunnel, this short walk offers an easy and interesting introduction to the alpine scenery of Fiordland. It’s surrounded by peaks such as Talbot, McPherson, Crosscut and Moir,. For those with mountaineering experience, a steep scramble leads to Homer Saddle, where giddy views look into the headwaters of the Cleddau and Hollyford.