This walk was an escape walk, when I didn’t have a lot of time, just the morning spare. It’s an easy, quick duck up mostly scree, not very far from the road. The drive takes most of the time. You head out towards the Great Lake, turning right just before reaching the Lake onto the B51 to Poatina. There’s a little spot to drive in and park your car directly to the west of Sandbanks, before you actually get to Poatina.
Directions are in the Abels book, but it’s pretty straight forward. You head across relatively flat ground, jumping a few fences, or scouting around if you want (I think you can scout round almost all actually, cos I did on the way back – see the slight variation on the GPS track). Then you hit the scree, and it’s pretty easy to get to the top avoiding the scrubby patches. If you have time, and don’t mind some mild green stuff, you could always head over to Blackwood Bluff, Bradys Lookout or Billopp Bluff. I had a bit of a look, but just didn’t have the time. That would make it one pretty big day.
All up: 3.4km, 2.17hrs, 291m ascent.