Last Updated: 19th Apr 2024

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Mt Chisholm

Hanmer Springs, Canterbury

Submitted by Hamish Laing

Last Updated: 19th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 43 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.7%


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Head up this marked DOC track from the road for awesome 360deg views of the Molesworth station. It's big country with expansive views up the Awatere valley and down the Acheron. Spot Tapuae-o-uenuku to the North East and enjoy the whole Inland Kaikoura Range. The initial 4wd track leads to a saddle, from there followed the poled route up to the left and traverse the ridge until reaching the broad summit of Mt Chisholm - it's further than you think. The summit is marked by a small DOC sign.

On the way down take in Pt1279 to bag a second peak for the day.

This trail includes the peak Mount Chisholm.

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Small gravel area with sign on side of road

73 km

90 minutes





Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water available

Molesworth station road is unfortunately closed in the winter.

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Trail Reviews

4 stars for the view alone… a real slog up the hill… no running going on with me… but all the way up on a great day I was get wonderful views through 360 degrees… didn’t thank the author for adding in the trig on the way back … just to finish me off!!!

Mike Tennent

December 30, 2022

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