TripAdvisor review: Conical Hill, Hanmer Springs NZ

This view is breathtaking. It can be hiked in about an hour round trip, but we took it as a leisurely stroll for an wonderful afternoon. The first hundred meters or so are quite steep, but after that it switchbacks until the top, so it’s a reasonable hike for anyone of any age. There are cute little (poisionous) red and white spotted toadstools, and the pine forest is alive with tiny birds. There’s a picnic table at the top.The view from the top is spectacular. It’s 360 degree views of the Canterbury plains and we saw them in their autumnal glory- reds, ambers, yellows. 

The air is crisp and the trees whisper through the silence. This walk is a wonderful short break from reality, a chance to get back to nature.

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