Hamilton Peak and Nervous Knob Circuit, Craigieburn Range NZ
Fabulous views from the Craigieburn Range tops at Hamilton Peak (1922m) & Nervous Knob (1820m) on this sometimes steep circuit walk.
Another excellent walk in the Craigieburn Range, this one visiting Hamilton Peak (1922m) via Camp Saddle, then returning via Nervous Knob (1820m) and Broken River Ski Field. I liked the views from Hamilton Peak in particular, looking west over the Black and Grey Ranges, and east over the Castle Hill area. Doing a circuit adds variety and doesn’t add much to the overall time.
This was our second attempt at Hamilton Peak. Our first was in winter after heavy snow, and once above the bushline we struggled to make any progress, and decided to give up. It is a great walk so I’m glad we returned. There’s a couple of steep sections getting up onto the ridge from Camp Saddle and then the final bit to Hamilton Peak, so some experience required. Track notes at the end.
If you want shorter options in the area have a look at this circuit we did in 2021 visiting Helicopter Hill.
Hamilton Peak and Nervous Knob Circuit: The Scenery
First, three photos from another occasion when we returned from Camp Saddle to the Broken River Ski Field access road…
Now photos from the day…
We started at the locked gate on the Broken River Ski Field access road. (When the ski field is open so is the gate, so you can drive right up to the start of the Camp Saddle track). Walking anti-clockwise, you ascend on a track then marked route to Camp Saddle. From there it’s a steep off track ascent onto the ridge. We found walking poles helpful for this and you might need to do a little scrambling in sections. The last bit to Hamilton Peak is also steep, but straightforward.
Walking along the tops to Nervous Knob is easy enough, as is the descent down through the ski field and down the access road to the start. It will take you 6 hours or so plus time for lunch and photos.