Conical Hill Walk

Conical Hill Walk - Hanmer Forest

Conical Hill Walk

Hanmer Forest


5 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

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Views from Conical Hill


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.


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


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


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.


Feature Value Info


DOC Canterbury

Central government organisation


South IslandCanterburyHanmer Springs


  • Walking
  • Free


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Michael Holm


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 over 4 years ago

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Brynn Ostvik


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Eric Lambley


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed about 7 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 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Peter and Hilda


Ranking: 8/10

Relatively easy uphill walk. Great 360 degree views.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2010

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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