5 easy family friendly walks in Hanmer Springs

Stretch the legs with these beautiful walks, suitable for the whole family.

Forest Amble

If you go down to the woods today.

If you want a bit of adventure while burning off some of the kids energy, then the Forest Amble walk is a must. A short 30 minute return walk through the stunning Hanmer Heritage Forest. Larger than life wooden sculptures are hidden along the trail – see how many you can find. My favourite is the BFG, although the fantails and the lizard are pretty cool as well.

The track starts at 100 Jollies Pass Road, and is well signposted.

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Fairy Door Walk

A short walk guaranteed to entertain the kids is the Fairy Door walk along the Lower Dog Stream Track.  Kids will love searching for the gorgeous painted fairy doors, painted rocks and trinkets along the way. Just 30 minutes return, it’s suitable for off road prams.

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Conical Hill

Arguably the town’s most popular short walk, Conical Hill’s zig-zagged walkway was long ago developed as a trail to reach the 550m summit and enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Hanmer Basin.

The trail through beautiful pines is well graded and spacious. The lookout shelter at the top is approximately 200m above the village.

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Dog Stream Walkway

Wind through alder and willow trees along the banks of Dog Stream. This pushchair friendly walk is just 30 minutes. It’s the closest walk to the village with access from Jollies Pass Road, Cheltenham Street, Bath Street and Tarndale Place.

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Explore one of New Zealand’s oldest exotic forests on foot with a Heritage Forest Walk.  There’s a loop track to suit your time frame, either 30 minutes, 60 minutes or an hour and a half.

All three walks wind through stands of tall trees – European larch, Corsican pine, European alder, Norway spruce and Ponderosa Pine – planted in the early 1900s.  Look out for the information panels along the way. 

The Forest Amble, Forest Walk and Journey all start along the same track at Herdmans Avenue across the road from the Hanmer Forest entrance car park.

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