Conical Hill Walk

Conical Hill Walk

Hanmer Forest

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5 Rankers Reviews

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21 Hanmer Springs

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3 km return | 1 hour return

A climb through exotic forest to Hanmer's premier lookout.

Early this century Conical Hill was covered in tussock. Later a zigzag track was cut to reach the 550-metre summit with its magnificent view. A variety of exotic trees replaced the tussock – western hemlock, Lawson’s cypress, giant fir, Japanese cypress. Atlas cedar and laburnum are some of the more common species. At the summit a lookout offers a resting place and good shelter to view the Hanmer Basin. A plaque commemorates the work of Duncan Rutherford, an early settler who helped develop the Hanmer district. The track down from the summit on the other side meets up with Pawsons Road, which leads to Woodland Walk.

Access

The track starts from the signpost from the top of Conical Hill Road. Follow the main drag through the town to get there.

Track

The hairpins climb steadily through exotic forest on a vehicle track to the shelter, viewing platform and summit (549m).

Geology

There are 360 degree panoramas looking to the Hanmer Range, Amuri Range (North) and the Lowry Peaks Range.

A sizeable shelter and orientation plaque name the notable peaks.

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South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs

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  • Walking
  • Free

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Michael Holm

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Very short hike through the forest to a beautiful lookout that gives you a good impression of the town and the area. Nice mountain view and peaceful birdsong.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Brynn Ostvik

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Pleasant, well-maintained walk. Very easy and great views at the top.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Eric Lambley

England

Ranking: 8/10

Quite a difficult walk as it was very steep. Not long (30 minutes) and the view brilliant. Worthwhile doing.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Steve Eley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Well marked, 1-2 hour walks through mainly introduced woodland - gentle and enjoyable.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Peter and Hilda

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Relatively easy uphill walk. Great 360 degree views.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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