Exactly who named Mt Charles has been lost in cartographical history. On his charts Captain James Cook left the inlet and the mountain unnamed in 1770, and it was either Charles Hooper or Charles Kettle who named the peak. Charles Hooper gave his name to the inlet while he was working as the Chief Officer on the English sealing ship Unity in the early 1800’s. While Charles Kettle was the enthusiastic surveyor who put the Otago Peninsular on the map and may also be the mountains namesake.
From the summit, we looked out to the Harbour Cone, which looks like one of Madonna’s brassieres and to Mt Cargill on the other side of the Harbour. To the East, Tairoa Head and beaches of the Peninsular led to the Pacific Ocean. Great company in a stunning location out of sight of the city is always a blessing and that night Geoff and I were once again glad that we had moved to Dunedin