Forest & Hill Walks

Experience the forest and hills of Hanmer Springs and the Hurunui districts with a great variety of walks. From 15 minutes to half day, enjoy tracks through native bush, exotic plantations or woodland areas.

Grey River Nature Trail - Amberley

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Duration of walk: 1 hour return
Start location: Northern end of Grey River Picnic Area (west of Amberley township)

Key Highlights:

  • Loop-trail is ideal for families
  • Diverse native bush

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Mt Grey (Maukatere) Track - Amberley

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Duration of walk: 2–3 hours one way

Start location: The north end of the Grey River Picnic area (west of Amberley township)

Key Highlights:

  • Track climbs steadily through native bush and areas of pine
  • Superb panoramic views of the Canterbury Plains

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Red Beech Route - Amberley

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Duration of walk: 3–4 hours one way (downhill)
Start location: summit of Mt Grey (west of Amberley township)

Key Highlights:

  • Finishes at Grey River Picnic Area
  • Tussock grasslands, red beech, mountain beech

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Conical Hill Walk - Hanmer Springs

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Duration of walk: 1 hour return – moderate walk
Start location: end of Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs

Key Highlights:

  • Magnificent views from the lookout shelter
  • Mature exotic plantations (100 years old approx)

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Woodland Walk – Hanmer Springs

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Duration of walk: 1 hour return – easy walk
Start location: accessed from Torquay Terrace or Jollies Pass Road car park

Key Highlights:

  • Passes through typical woodland
  • Suitable for families
  • Stream, flax wetland and ponds

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Fir Trail – Hanmer Springs

Duration of walk: 45 minutes return – moderate walk
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Key Highlights:

  • Passes through magnificent stands of European larch and Douglas fir
  • Use this track to make a circuit with the Waterfall and Spur Tracks

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Forest Amble – Hanmer Springs

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Duration of walk: 30 minutes – easy walk
Start location: Begin and finish at the Herman’s Avenue gate opposite the car park on Jollies Pass Road.

Key Highlights:

  • Some of the oldest stands in the Hanmer Basin
  • European larch planted in 1904

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Forest Walk – Hanmer Springs

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Duration of walk: 1 hour – easy walk
Start location: Begin and finish at the Herman’s Avenue gate opposite the car park on Jollies Pass Road.

Key Highlights:

  • Exotic conifers and broadleaf species
  • Understoreys of sycamore, oak silver birch and rowan
  • Wild fungi in autumn and native orchids in late spring

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Forest Journey - Hanmer Springs

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Duration of walk: 1 ¼ hours – moderate walk
Start location: Begin and finish at the Herman’s Avenue gate opposite the car park on Jollies Pass Road.

Key Highlights:

  • Macrocarpa planted in 1927
  • Cedar, cypress and redwood trees

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Māori Rock Drawings (Weka Pass Walkway) - Waikari

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Duration of walk: 90 minutes return
Start location: Village walkway rest stop

Key Highlights:

  • Amazing views
  • Walk is closed August to October for farming activities

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The Plane Table - Waikari

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Duration of walk: 15 minute hill climb
Start location: Start on fence line along Village Walkway

Key Highlights:

  • Mountains and geographical features are engraved on a plaque for easy reference

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Mt Cass Walkway - Waipara

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Duration of walk: 3 hours return (approx.)

Start location: starts from the car parking area 3.3km from State Highway 1

Key Highlights:

  • Majority of walkway is on a formed track
  • Stunning views

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St James - Fowlers Pass Track (Hanmer Springs)

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Duration of walk:  5hr, 30 mins (walking times only) – 16km
Start location: Tophouse Road

Key Highlights:

  • Fowlers Hut on Tophouse Road is a historic rabbiters hut
  • Section of the original 1880s rabbit exclusion fence

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Tiromoana Bush Walk - Waipara

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Duration of walk: Varies depending on track chosen
Start location: End of Mt Cass Road, at car park

Key Highlights:

  • Views of Pegasus Bay

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