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Big Station

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Route Overview

General Overview

The Big Station Adventure is a fantastic loop route through some impressive High Country stations. It offers the option of an two day, or three day adventure.

Start/Finish Point

The starting and finishing point for this Adventure is Hanmer Springs.

Terrain includes

Other than a tarmac section from Blenheim to St Arnaud, the terrain is mostly made up of gravel roads, and four-wheel-drive tracks ranging from Grade 1 through to Grade 3.


588 km

Max Fuel Leg

220 km

Travel Time

This route can be done over 2 days with one night of camping, or extended to 3 days with two nights of camping.


This route utilises DOC huts and DOC camping areas in great locations.

Access Permission

Big Station utilises four routes that need to be ridden within the open periods.

One route is free of charge, but has seasonal access limits.

One route has a gate fee of $30 for motorbikes or $60 for 4X4 vehicles, and also has seasonal access limits.

Two other routes (free of charge) require you to preregister your vehicle through a website.

All the access details and instructions are provided in Leg 1 and Leg 2.

Access Limitations

While the open periods are generally reliable year to year, some of the roads/tracks within the Big Station route may be closed due to weather or track conditions. These closures can be due to:

1 - Snow, that can render some of the high altitude passes impassable.
2 - Extremely wet conditions, where tracks are closed to minimise track damage
3 - Extremely dry conditions, where tracks are closed due to fire risk.

Details on how to check on the open statuses are provided in Leg 1 and Leg 2.

Legs in this Adventure

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