Craigieburn Skifield Basin track

Craigieburn Skifield Basin track

Craigieburn Forest Park


Time: 5 - 6 hr return to main ridge

Getting there

About 110 km from Christchurch on State Highway 73 towards Arthur’s Pass, is a signposted side-road to the Craigieburn Picnic Area on the Broken River ski field road. Access to Craigieburn Valley is another 1 km further along the highway. Both ski field roads have locked gates further up valley during the summer
Ski field basins

During the summer months there is walking access up to the ski field basins of Broken River and Craigieburn. These areas are harsh and alpine, and should be treated with respect. Beyond the bush-line there are no marked routes.

Take a topographical map and adequate clothing for the extremes of weather.
Fit trampers will be able to gain access up onto the main ridge and rocky peaks, which give superb views of the backcountry from Arthur’s Pass to Mount Cook.

Less fit walkers will enjoy the lower bush and tussock slopes. All buildings are private skifield property and should not be entered.
From the locked gate it is an easy walk up the road to the lower Craigieburn ski field huts (about 30 minutes). The access road continues up the steep valley and fit trampers can reach the 1923 metre Hamilton Peak.

It is possible to traverse the ridge to Nervous Knob and down into the Broken River ski field basin, but this is for experienced trampers and climbers only. You must arrange transport to make this crossing


Feature Value Info


South IslandCanterburySpringfield


  • Walking
  • Free


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