Cecil Peak

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Cecil Peak is a mountain in the Wakatipu Basin, New Zealand and reaches a height of 1,978 metres.[1] It is on the south side of Lake Wakatipu south-southwest of Queenstown, and is highly prominent from around this area. [2]

View from Fernhill of Cecil Peak (Walter Peak on right). Kā Kamu-a-Hakitekura is the Māori name for both mountains.

Vegetation is mainly grass and tussock (as it is under a pastoral lease)[3] with trees near the waterline. Hidden Island is one of four islands in Lake Wakatipu and sits very close to the shoreline of Cecil Peak. On 27 March 2010 a local band performed an outdoor concert in a natural amphitheatre on the peak playing songs from the band Pink Floyd.[4]


Both Cecil Peak and the nearby mountain of Walter Peak were named after William Rees' eldest sons' first given names by the surveyor James McKerrow in 1862.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Malcolm, McKinnon. "Otago places - Wakatipu basin". Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  2. ^ "Ngai Tahu Names" (PDF). Te Karaka Issue 44, pg 13. tekaraka.co.nz. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Crown Pastoral Land Tenure Review" (PDF). Land Information New Zealand. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-17.
  4. ^ "Rocking it on Cecil Peak". Scoop Media.
  5. ^ Jardine, D.G. (1978). Shadows on the Hill. A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd. p. 185. ISBN 0589010093.

Coordinates: 45°06′32″S 168°37′42″E / 45.108831°S 168.628463°E / -45.108831; 168.628463