Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024


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Mt Nimrod Easement Track

Timaru, Canterbury

Submitted by Sonia Hollands

Last Updated: 8th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 41 ?

Gnarl Factor: 30 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back


Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.2%


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Start the Mt Nimrod loop anti-clockwise and head up through a technical section of the bush, follow DOC signposts up to the Hunter Hills Conservation Area. You will get to a large stock gate, leading you into private land (public access). Follow the poled route on a 4WD track up into the Conservation Area. Once you are in the Conservation area you head over a stream and into tussock lands where you will follow a 4WD track, heading SE (note this is not a poled route.) Continue the ascent, the track becomes technical before reaching the saddle. From here you can go to Mt Nimrod or start your descent back the way you came.

Hunter Hills Conservation Area has a great variety of alpine plants!

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DOC Car park

41 km

45 minutes




Hunter Hills Conservation Area, take care as this is not poled or signed, tracks are not maintained.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

At the end of the Poled Route there is a stream!

Best to do in summer! Low cloud and fog can come in fast at the tops!

Be aware of stock that may be grazing.

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Shane Ashley

has completed Mt Nimrod Easement Track 4 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Holy moly why have I never done this before? It was the perfect break out of lockdown! Views were incredible! If you have ankle gaiters wear them... I had to empty my socks a couple of times. And I too vote for that this trail entry should be heading to to peak! I sat up there for a good 20min and didn't want to leave!

Alice Brice

September 20, 2021

It's a long old slog uphill, but on a clear day there are great views for miles. If you make it to the saddle and the weather is good, it's well worth the effort to push on to Mt Nimrod summit... Only an extra 1km or so.

Steve Hanmer

January 25, 2021

Great for those hunting elevation! Varying terrain. Probably stating the obvious for many Wild Things but, go prepared. Getting snow from 1000m up even in spring is very likely. Don't get caught off guard.

Jacques Brown

September 14, 2019

This is an awesome route to get some elevation in and to experience a wide variety of terrain. From Forrest single track, river crossings to open grass lands. Got to see Wallaby's up top and some nice snow, being from South Africa this was quite a treat. Looks like there are plenty of areas to explore further on the summit.On the decent turned right down the single track and visited the waterfall, as per Matt's suggestion, highly recommended!Had some great company in Renee Ferguson and Jacques Brown.

Michael Dickerson

September 14, 2019

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