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A Tale of Two Peters, Canterbury

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A Tale of Two PetersIntermediate

Submitted by Corey Woodward

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Hanmer Springs

Back country - remote


Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


Not Suitable (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



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This is a good hard hill climb route (no marked trail) up to the summit of Peters Hill (1177m) and then along, down and up a few saddles before branching off to meet up with the Edwards Valley trail towards Peters Pass and then joining the St James Cycleway trail back to the St James Homestead.

Park at the Homestead and then run over the bridge past the horse paddocks on your left. You'll then spy a borken down wooden gate in the fenceline at the base of the hill on your left. Through this gate and to the right for a few hundred meters and you'll find a pylon maintenance track cut into the hill, heading up to your left. Mind the matagouri! Head up to the Plyon tower and then turn right onto the ridge. Keep following this up to the summit - there are several ups and downs on the way. When you get higher watch out for the prickly Spaniard too.

Once you've joined back up with the Edwards Valley trail, turn left onto the track to Peters Pass and follow the trail all the way back down Peters Valley to the Homestead.

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Features of interest

Amazing panoramic views of the Clarence River Valley, Edwards Valley, and Peters Pass - actually amazing views all over St James.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 40%

Easy Single Track: 55%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

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  • Access

    A great loop route taking adventurous souls up to the summit of Peters Hill and looping back to the St James Homsestead via Peters Pass.

    Park at the St James Homestead, either up near the public toilet or down by the river, just before the bridge.

    21 km

    45 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    At no point should you head left off the hill down into Peters Valley, there are extremely dangerous swamps between the hill range and the track on the far side of the valley. Heading right earlier than indicated on the map shouldn't lead to swamps but take care anyway, this should just bring you onto the Edwards Valley track earlier.


    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Map, Gaiters.

    No water throughout, there is the occasional stream/trickle which you could lifestraw, don't rely on this and carry sufficient for the whole adventure.

    Very exposed high country, high likelihood of snow in autumn, winter and early spring.

    Very steep and rocky in places - take care of those ankles!

  • Post run indulgence

    Powerhouse Cafe
    Hanmer Springs

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