Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Child's Play

Akaroa, Canterbury

Submitted by Stephanie Berry

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 22 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.7%


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From the car parking area head north past the boat ramp and along the footpath next to the beach. Once you cross the road bridge you will see a wee track that hooks off on the beach side of the road and goes around behind the boat yard ... follow this track which then joins onto the walking track to Childrens Bay.

This will take you down the boardwalk, across some sand and then up the other side and out onto Children's Bay Road, which you follow for 200m before turning right and onto Children's Bay track which is signposted. You then just follow the track all the way to the top, over the stile and out into the paddock. There may be cows which will leave you well alone.

The track isn't very well marked here so aim for the Rhinoceros. You then scuttle down the hill a wee way to the stile … it's signposted but basically keep heading north. Once you've crossed the stile you're onto some rougher single track which undulates it's way through some tagasaste and gorse stands (clear of the track) which is rather heady when it's flowering. If you get hay fever it may pay to take precautions. This section can be muddy after rain and in winter.

As you get closer to Takamatua the track turns into 4wd dirt track before it finishes at the road gate. If you want to go further then head out the gate and off down the sealed roads to the bay. If you're sticking to the route then turn around and head back the way you came. There's some pretty quick Strava times on this route so if you're a bit competitive then check them out and have a crack at breaking some.

Ample parking although could be busy on cruise ship days.

0 km

1 minutes




Very patchy.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map


The second half after the Rhino can be muddy in winter.

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Trail Reviews

Nice views, amazing sculptures. Great for kids. Minus one star for lots of paddocks and 4WD tracks, haha!

Matt Halverson

February 5, 2021

Stunning views all around the Akaroa harbour. Some of the trail had been recently cut down to size and some parts were wild. Nice initial climb up through some Manuka trees that provided welcome shade on a sunny morning.

John OConnell

December 5, 2020

It's a wonderful trail. I think better marked and developed than it used to be. You can turn it into a loop now too with an excursion around Moa Point. The sculptures are awesome!

Tony Sharpe

March 14, 2020

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