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Balmoral Fire Lookout, Canterbury

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Balmoral Fire LookoutBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Hanmer Springs

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands


30 (Slow)
18 (Moderate)
15 (Fast)




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Heading south from Culverden towards Christchurch you will almost certainly have seen a small orange roof building on the hills just over the Hurunui River. This is part of a reserve now and the trail is extremely straightforward: just follow the 4WD track to the top and when finished, retrace your steps.

There is a toilet just before the top and a seat about halfway up.

It is 150 vert in 1.5km so it will get the heart pumping and when you let loose heading back down it will do the same!

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Features of interest

The Fire Lookout Building at the top is open and has a heap of historical info. There are amazing views over the Hurunui River and the Amuri Basin.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 95%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Just on the south side of the Hurunui River and a couple of km north of the Hurunui Pub, off SH7 is Hurunui Bluff Road. The trail starts a couple of hundred metres up the road and is signed clearly.

    A large clearing directly over the road from the start.

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  • Staying Safe


    Not a chance you can go wrong.

    Very patchy.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone.

    No water

    In extreme wet condotions it is possible that the track may get a bit slippery, but should still be navigable.


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