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Montgomery Park Reserve, Canterbury

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Montgomery Park ReserveIntermediate

Submitted by Andy Owen

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


2:30 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%

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  • Access

    About 200m down Summit Road there is a layby for about 5 cars on the left hand side of the road. There is a DOC sign there and a set of steps heading into the Reserve.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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.

  • Post run indulgence

    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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