Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Balmoral Fire Lookout

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6

Gnarl Factor: 13








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.6%


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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!

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.

A large clearing directly over the road from the start.

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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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Wow what a wee gem. Allow plenty of time to read the history up there! 5 stars

Tony Sharpe

July 15

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