Tramping tracks in Hanmer Forest range in length from half-day to full-day trips, featuring forest and waterfalls and climbs to the alpine zone.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Various from 3 - 6 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this track


Half day tramps

Chatterton River Track 

Time: 2 hr 30 min return

Chatterton Rd leads from the AA Camp to the car park at the start of the walking track. The track follows Chatterton River to an old stock route, then cuts across to the original Jacks Pass bridle track. Views of Hanmer Basin can be enjoyed. An alternative is to follow the old stock route all the way to Jacks Pass. Return either by retracing the trail or walking down Clarence Valley Road Rd to the township.

Waterfall Track

Time: 2 hr 30 min return

A steady climb from the car park at the end of Mullans Rd climbs through mountain beech forest to the attractive 41 metre-high Dog Stream waterfall. Mosses, ferns, lichens and native orchids are interesting features on the track. A suggested round trip is to return via Spur Track and Fir Trail to the waterfall car park. 

Spur Track – this track is closed indefinitely

Time: 3 hr return 

This provides an alternative return route from Dog Stream waterfall. Begin 15 minutes from the waterfall and climb to the bushline, then descend toward Nature Trail. Panoramic views, subalpine plants and plantation forest are features of this walk.

Full day tramps

Mt Isobel Track

Time: 5 hr 30 min - 6 hr 30 min return  

Begin at Clarence Valley Road car park and wander through European and Japanese larches before entering subalpine scrub and open grassland. Continue to the summit of Mt Isobel (1324 metres) for panoramic views of Hanmer Basin and beyond. Return by the same route or by descending a steep track to meet Waterfall Track and via Jolliffe Saddle and up Pawson Rd back to Clarence Valley Rd car park.  

Dog Stream Waterfall

Time: 5 - 6 hr return  

A full day’s walk from Hanmer Springs can be made by using Timberlands–Jolliffe Saddle Tracks to connect with Waterfall Track. Return by Spur Track and Dog Stream Track to make a round trip.  

Getting there

Hanmer Springs, at an altitude of 385 metres, is 135 kilometres north of Christchurch, off Lewis Pass Highway.

Know before you go

Entry to Hanmer Forest on foot is unrestricted except in times of fire danger or for public safety. Some tracks may be closed for harvesting operations – please respect the signs.

A red flag flying outside the the information centre and community hall indicates all tracks are closed because of extreme fire danger.

Please report all suspicious fires immediately - dial 111.


Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
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