Mount Matthews

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Mount Matthews the highest point in the Rimutaka range, from Wellington

Mount Matthews is the highest peak in the Rimutaka Range to the east of Wellington, New Zealand.[1][2] Mt Matthews reaches a height of 940 metres and although not special on that account, it has significance in regard to its distinctive aspect as seen from the capital; it is the highest peak that can be seen on the sky line east of the city. The mountain reaches just above the bushline and can be climbed as a day hike without mountaineering equipment but is nevertheless a strenuous and steep climb and a full day should be allowed by the time access to the feet of the ranges is included. Access is gained either from the Wairarapa (eastern) side of the Rimutakas or from the Orongorongo River on the Wellington side of the range. New Zealand archaeologist George Leslie Adkin was a notable climber of Mount Matthews.[1] The species Rhypodes chinai is also native to Mount Matthews.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Settler's Handbook of New Zealand. 1902. p. 257. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Dreaver, Anthony (1997). An Eye for Country: The Life and Work of Leslie Adkin. Victoria University Press. p. 58. ISBN 0864733194. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand Journal of Zoology 1990". 17 (4). 1990: 373. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 41°21′S 175°01′E / 41.350°S 175.017°E / -41.350; 175.017