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Moa Point Loop, Canterbury

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Moa Point LoopBeginner

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


0:50 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



Look out for high tide- may get wet feet

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Start by picking up the signposted trail beside the bridge over the creek. A gentle introduction will slowly wind you up a valley and past some pleasant neighbouring estates before you cross the river. Look out for man eating crocodiles here!

From here the track gently climbs you up through regenerating natives to the ridge crest, and past several awesome art installations. Really inspirational stuff. At the top by the rhinoceros (!) follow the signpost that says Moa Point/ Lookout. This keeps climbing up through the paddocks and friendly stock. Please follow the marked trail, which will in about 10-15 mins bring you to a seat with one of the best views in Akaroa.

From the lookout seat the loop continues on a relatively newly developed trail. It is well marked and skirts more native plantings and regenerating bush. This is a most pleasant return to Children's Bay where you have a short rock hop back to the car- although if its high tide you may have a wade across for a few hundred metres.

This is a nice complement to the out and back run - Childs Play - which could easily give you two separate bags of Explorer points in relatively short order.

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Features of interest

Great views of historic Akaroa and Harbour. Awesome sculptures and art installations

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 60%

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Child's Play

Child's Play

Length: 7.50km


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  • Access

    Starts at the Childrens' Bay Beach Carpark, just as you come into Akaroa

    Parking for several cars at the back, otherwise park up in Akaroa township and add a km or two

    1 km

    3 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Its pretty well signposted so not too many dramas await

    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.


    Nothing noted

    Look out for High Tide at the beach

  • Post run indulgence

    Akaroa Township- plentiful options to drain a beverage on the

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