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Around Hanmer Ski Field, Canterbury

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Around Hanmer Ski FieldIntermediate - Experienced

Submitted by Christine Borland

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Hanmer Springs

Back country - remote



Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate - Experienced

Not Suitable (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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Start by ascending a tussock then then rocky ridge line to the top of the ski fields. Some good tracks at the top of the ski field. Summit Mount St. Patrick. Then descend the ridge heading east. We choose to sidle the north face of the ridge with the 1430 point due to wind, however this may be an alternative option. Continue on a mix of scree and tussock after this back to St. James homestead.

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Features of interest

Goes around top of Hamner Ski field.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 78%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 2%

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  • Access

    From Hanmer Springs drive up the Clarence Valley Road towards Hamner Ski field. Park at the St Jame's homestead.

    Parking at St James Homestead.

    14 km

    39 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Moderate if visibility is good, will be harder in poor visibility.


    Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters.

    No water available.

    Snow cover in winter

    Some sections of exposed ridge lines, be aware of the weather.

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