Last Updated: 17th Mar 2024

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Purple Peak Pilgrimage

Akaroa, Canterbury

Submitted by Jeremy Wheeler

Last Updated: 17th Mar 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 26 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +17.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -17.6%


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A great run with amazing views of Akaroa, the wider Banks Peninsula and views of the Pacific Ocean and even the Kaikoura Mountain Ranges on a clear day.

Hop over the stile and take the farm track up Purple Peak Road. Wind your way up the steep hill towards the saddle. Take the turnoff 2/3 of the way up on the Parlpal Shortcut and work your way to the right further uphill towards Stony Bay Peak. As you pass under Stony Bay Peak you will soon come to a sign pointing out the view to the Kaikoura Mountains 200km away. Carry on to the trail junction on the South Side of Purple Peak. Turn left and make your way up to the summit.

Amazing views are to be had from the summit of Stony Bay Peak / Taraterehu (806m) – just a couple of minutes off the main track. Rejoin the track and take your time on the steep downhill to the saddle. Turn right from the saddle, behind Purple Peak and towards Hinewai Reserve where you can join other tracks and make a longer day out if you wish. Well worth exploring Hinewai either today if time permits or at another time.

There is a toilet here for your convenience! Head back up though native bus to the ridgeline and Browntop Saddle. Go along to the Skyline Beech Lookout for a photo snap. Amazing shots to be had at sunset. Follow you footsteps back to Brownstop Saddle and turn right down the farm track in to Grehan Valley passing the turnoff to the historic home of Frank Worsely and past Tree Crop Farm on to Grehan Valley Road. Follow it down a few hundred meters to the track sign of Woodhills South and turn left for one last uphill to close the loop and back to the start of a track that showcases some of the best views Akaroa has to offer!

This trail includes the peak Stony Bay Peak.

Purple Peak, Hinewai Reserve, Tree Crop Farm,

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Parking available at the start of the trail. Only a few km from Akaroa so you can also get here by foot.

2 km

5 minutes





Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

You will need to take your own water.

Great all year round but it can be very hot in summer and exposed if windy.

There is a cliff top lookout point. Take care but well worth it.

Plenty of options around Akaroa

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Michelle Snape

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Trail Reviews

Challenging trail when wet, suggest to wear your gruntiest trail shoes. Wet and foggy day so sad let no views but I bet it’s stunning on a good day. Well sign posted. Heard a couple of pigs 🐖.

Stephanie Broomhall

October 5, 2021

The pick of the bunch of the Akaroa trails on WT. A couple of great viewing spots along the way.

Brion Matthews

August 18, 2021

So nice. Purple rock my favorite thing and a v classy loop.

Mike McManaway

August 1, 2021

Varied run alternating between open land and native forest. The rain stopped as soon as we began running, but the overgrowth was very wet so I would wear shorts next time rather than leggings which got soaked by the hip-height wet bushes. Wasn't expecting much from the views due to the poor weather that morning but we were pleasantly surprised by the clear skies & views at the multiple viewing spots we stopped at. Don't let bad weather put you off this run!

Katie Ridley

June 28, 2021

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