Places in Central Canterbury
Having left the Canterbury Plains at Springfield, the Great Alpine Hwy heads over Porter's Pass into the mountainous folds of the Torlesse and Craigieburn Ranges and into Arthur's Pass. Māori used this pass to cross the Southern Alps long before its 'discovery' by Arthur Dobson in 1864.
The small settlement of Mt Somers sits on the edge of the Southern Alps, beneath the mountain of the same name. The biggest drawcard to the area is the Mt Somers track (26km), a two-day tramp circling the mountain, linking the popular picnic spots of Sharplin Falls and Woolshed Creek.
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