Last Updated: 23rd Oct 2023

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Mount Studholme

Waimate, Canterbury

Submitted by Sabrina Grogan

Last Updated: 23rd Oct 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 13 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.7%


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This run is an absolute grind, but there is nothing too technical. Start at the farm gate and follow the 4WD/farm track all the way to the top. The first 3km are moderately undulating with decent ups and downs past paddocks and through some native bush. After a sharp down at 3km prepare yourself for 2km of solid uphill climbing (20% gradient).

After this it's still a steady climb to the top but much more chill. Likely to run through cloud, but on a good day your efforts are rewarded with incredible views at the top. Thats about 7km in. At the top you can either enjoy the view from the nearest peak or follow the 4WD track as it runs along the ridge to the right up to the true peak of Mount Studholme. After that its time to turn around and burn your legs back down the hill. Keep an eye out for people driving up the road hunting, but its not normally too busy.

This trail includes the peak Mount Studholme.

Incredible views both inland and out towards the coast.

No real parking here, but plenty of space on the roadside

13 km

15 minutes




Pretty much cannot get lost, just follow the main road. Be careful at the top if the weather is nasty


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


May be a bit more muddy after rain and miserable at the top if windy.

Hunting route - wear bright clothes, don't use music so you can hear any vehicles using the road

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Trail Reviews

Up, up, up on a 4WD track but I love that there are great views the whole way!!! You get to the top then you have to wonder along to the summit. So rewarding.

Alice Brice

September 20, 2021

Great views. Easy to follow 4WD track to the top. Bit of a grunt to the top.

Lewis Mclellan

December 10, 2020

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