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Nina Valley SH7 to Swingbridge, Canterbury

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Nina Valley SH7 to SwingbridgeBeginner

Submitted by Rebecca Sunderland

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Hanmer Springs

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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A perfect little run to break the journey between Christchurch and Nelson. Cross the Lewis River via the swingbridge and follow the true right bank for a short section before climbing briefly onto a terrace. The track then heads northwest away from the river and sidles through beech forest above the Nina River. The track continues up the true left of the river to where the Nina swingbridge crosses it. There are plenty of signposts to point the way at junctions plus the usual orange DoC triangles on trees to mark the way. The track it is relatively flat but can be rough and muddy in places and has several stream crossings.

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Features of interest

Swingbridge at start and turnaround point of run. Area also habitat for Kiwi, Kaka and Blue Duck

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 95%

Easy Single Track: 5%

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  • Access

    Access is off SH7, approximately 50 km after the turnoff to Hanmer Springs heading north or 10 km from Lewis Pass when heading south. A swingbridge over the Lewis River, 100 m north of the Lodge on the opposite side of the highway gives access to the Nina Valley.

    There is a car park in front of Palmer Lodge (private lodge owned by New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association). Leave vehicles at your own risk.

    61 km

    44 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Just keep following the signs to Nina Hut and you can't go wrong!


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

    There is a river at the start and turn around point of this run so no need to carry any if you can go 20-30min without drinking!

    Very muddy after rain

    Lots of roots along most of the way so pick your steps with care. Also logs over muddy patches and rock crossings in small streams can be quite slippery.

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