Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Around Hanmer Ski Field

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury

Submitted by Christine Borland

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 63 ?

Gnarl Factor: 106 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote



Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +21.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -21.6%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






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.

This trail includes the peak Mount St. Patrick.

Goes around top of Hamner Ski field.

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Parking at St James Homestead.

14 km

39 minutes




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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