Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Montgomery Park Reserve

Akaroa, Canterbury

Submitted by Andy Owen

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 18

Gnarl Factor: 24








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.6%


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Estimated Times to Run







First 2K fairly steep and technical from the start including some distance over rocks and boulders - tricky coming down - before arriving at the top of the first peak and entering the Farm area. Follow the 4WD track which heads off to the left and start to pick up DOC markers and signs as you reach reserves. Weather permitting you should have great views of Little River, eastern Bays and Akaroa Harbour. Track follows 4WD road reliably.

Possibly 2000 year old Totara near the start of the track. Regenerating bush in Montgomery Park Reserve, Whatarangi Totara Reserve and Mt Sinclair Reserve. Ghostly remains of Totara Forest in-between.

Parking seemed safe. There is a Christchurch to Akaroa shuttle that goes daily, though it doesn't pass the start of the track, the timetable would need to be checked.

18 km

21 minutes




When you enter the farmland keep an eye out for the 4WD track off the left that heads off down and round.


Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Gaiters.

None unless you reach a hut but that is some distance further.

There will be muddy, slippy bush area after rain and also slippery rocks to traverse. Exposed farmland on the top which will be windy all year round and also high enough to be in the cloud so damp/misty too. Carry water and survival gear. Good cellphone coverage at start of farmland as there is a cell tower there.

Very slippy rocks to traverse in the first 2K as you head up a bluff.

Little River Cafe
Little River
Good coffee, great cake and lunch selection and the Gallery next door and the Dairy on the other makes for a good stop. Also good public toilets in Little River.

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Trail Reviews

Love this part of Banks Peninsula! The giant totara is really special and then the expansive views make you feel alive. The rest of the route is a pleasant out and back through paddocks and 4WD track, turning around somewhat arbitrarily on the far side of Mt Sinclair.

Matt Halverson

October 20, 2021

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