Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Rabbiting around Benmore

Springfield, Canterbury

Submitted by Michael Stuart

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 79 ?

Gnarl Factor: 66 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.8%


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Estimated Times to Run

Not suitable






Starting from the Korowai/Torlesse carpark head up Coach Stream track easily making your way to Trig M. From here its all unmarked but you are basically following the tops with a few easy saddles to cross, there is also a worm path most the time that you should be able to easily stick to.

So from Trig M you make your way to the next Peak 'Rabbit Hill'. Drink in the sweet views then drop down into the obvious saddle the other side and then climb up through the trees then scrub back onto the open tops (there is a easy to follow path through the trees). At the top you turn left and its a simple matter of following that ridge up to the next high point where you will find a antenna installation. From here you turn right and take a steep descent to another saddle and then climb the other side and easily make your way along to the top of Mighty Mount Benmore.

After enjoying the views and maybe lunch its time to retrace your steps. At the junction after Trig M you could head back down Coach Stream to the car if you want but I chose to check out the Starvation Gully track and then cruised down Porters Pass to the car (extreme care needs to be taken to stay well away from cars!!!)

This trail includes the peaks Rabbit Hill (Acheron), Ben More and Trig M.

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16 km

11 minutes




Good idea to have map and compass or even better topo maps on phone or gps unit

Very patchy.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Gaiters

Only water is at start/finish

Can be very exposed if the winds are up

You and Rabbiting around Benmore

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Trail Reviews

Went back and completed the full route on a stunning summers day. Great route with a lot of fun to be had running the tops. Easy to make this longer by just following 1 of the 2 ridgelines that forks at Benmore.

Gregory Bassam

January 2

Did 2/3 of this in the snow (snow ended up getting too deep to go all the way). Great trail! Nice gradient up to Trig M with awesome views. After Trig M there are no markers but easy enough to follow your nose. Going up the other side of the neck is a bit of a grunt but worth it for the flowing ridgeline at the other side. Great run and looking forward to going back and doing the full thing

Gregory Bassam

September 30, 2023

Great route! I recommend taking the alternative finish in the route description. This turns it into an enjoyable out & back, avoiding any time on road.

Nelson Pearson

July 24, 2021

Good workout, and decent views. Nice running surface along the top of the ridges (faint trails, minimal scree, no rock scrambling). Timings seem about right.

Mike Steel

April 27, 2019

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