Last Updated: 23rd Feb 2024

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Hanmer 10km loop

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury

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Last Updated: 23rd Feb 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.1%


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Estimated Times to Run







- Head up Conical Hill, bag the peak and enjoy the 360 degree views (don't forget to check out the 'sun-dial' pointing out all the surrounding peaks).
- Start your way down the far side and on the first switchback there will be a sign for 'MTB trails' straight ahead. Take this route - you're now on the 'C-Line' trail and you're in for some sweet single trail goodness, just enough technical elements to get you warmed up.
- You'll soon come to t-intersection with 'Swoop'. Take a left here.
- After 500m, this trail will take you to a main intersection, turn onto the 'Swamp' trail here. You're now on to 2km of beautiful flowy single trail through young pine trees.
- At the end of this trail you'll be faced with the forest access road going straight ahead or running/MTB tracks veering right. Take a right and after a few hundred metres you'll join up with the bottom of 'Swoop'. Take this trail back up the hill and you'll pass the first intersection where you jumped off C-Line. Head all the way up to the main intersection again.
- From here take the middle track - a 4WD option between 'Swoop' and 'Swamp' - head across a clearing and you'll find yourself able to jump across to Majuba, a beautiful native forest trail which will take you down to the bottom where you can link onto the Woodland Walk trail.
- After 400m take the left turn to stay on the Woodland Walk trail and track all the way to the Scout Den.
- Jump over the road and onto the Easy Rider trail that follows the stream all the way back through Dog Stream Reserve to the top 10 Holiday Park.
- Onto the tarmac, take Bath Street, a right onto Hanmer Springs Road and you'll soon find yourself back in the village.

This trail includes the peak Conical Hill.

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Lots of on-street parking at the bottom of Conical Hill, or in the village

1 km

2 minutes




Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Scout Den on Woodland Walk

Muddy after rain

Keep clear of the forestry roads and watch out for Mountain Bikers!

Power House Cafe
Next to the Hot Pools

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Richele McKenzie

Richele McKenzie

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Trail Reviews

Found myself running most of this with a list of instructions in one hand and my map in the other. Didn't make for a particularly enjoyable run. Huge amount of instructions for a 10k run, almost felt I needed to have TrialForks app open as well as Swoop & Swampy are not named as you enter them at the exit point of the MTB track. Met a number of MTBikers on the trail, and felt a bit silly running on their trails when there are so many other dedicated walking trails I could have been on. A beautiful, interesting run nonetheless.

Katie Ridley

July 25, 2021

The tracks in here are fun to run but you have to be really aware that they are dedicated MTB tracks and the mtbers can get annoyed at runners and walkers, This is fair enough especially as there are lots of multiuse and dedicated foot traffic tracks through the forest as well.

Fiona Stechmann

March 22, 2020

As a beginner runner I felt a bit uneasy being on mountain bike tracks just in case I encountered one. However, apart from that, really enjoyable run, nice tracks and a lot of variety.

Sharon Sharpe

May 20, 2018

A great loop! C line is good to get your feet moving and brain ticking :)

Charlie Harrison

January 6, 2018

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