Arguably the town’s most popular short walk Conical Hill was long ago developed as a trail to reach the 550m summit and the magnificent panorama which it commands of the Hanmer Basin.
The zig zag trail, reached from the top of Conical Hill Road, is spacious and well graded making it negotiable by almost anyone who has the time to wander up through the pines covering the hillside, these include; western hemlock, Lawson’s Cypress, Japanese cypresses, giant fir, Atlas cedar, and laburnum.
The trail can be linked to Majuba Walk, which branches off the Conical Hill Walk about halfway up, and Pawson Road which can be reached by descending the track to the north of the hill.
- Spectacular either in the early morning or late afternoon.
- There is a shelter at the summit with picnic tables nearby.
- Mature exotic plantations of Lawson's cypress, Japanese cypress, giant fir, Atlantic cedar and laburnum – all planted around 1910.
- A plaque near the shelter commemorates Duncan Rutherford who helped develop the Hanmer Basin.