Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Sweet Sinclair Summit

Akaroa, Canterbury

Submitted by Stephanie Berry

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 13

Gnarl Factor: 16

8.8km

450m

450m

841m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Volcanic

Run Makeup

93%
7%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.6%

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:30

Moderate

1:00

Fast

This is 99% easy to navigate. Simply follow the marked 4wd track Te Ara Pataka as it zig zags its way up towards Mt Sinclair.

Approx 1.4kms in you will meet the junction with the track coming up from Montgomery Reserve. Hop over the stile and continue your climb. You will pass through the amazing Totara graveyard and then into regenerating bush. Take some moments to soak in the amazing views out across Lake Forysth and to imagine the amazing Totaras as they would have been when standing.

At about 3.8kms you will cross yet another stile and Pegasus Bay will come into full view. Another 300 metres along the track at 4.1kms (ish) you need to keep an eye out for a tall dead tree on your right. Directly opposite this is on your left is an old not so obvious 4wd track. You need to head up this a climb through the fence. Approx 100m up this track you need to veer right and start making your way through the bushes and spear grass to the summit. There is a track but it isn't very obvious.

It's about another 200m to the summit. Soak in the amazing views out to Lake Ellesmere to the south, the Southern Alps to the west, Akaroa Harbour to the east and the magnificence of Pegasus Bay, the Kaikouras and beyond to the North. When you've refueled then turn around and retrace your steps back the way you came.

Native reserves, Totara graveyard ... the remains of giant Totara trees that were felled over 100 years ago and still lie where they fell. A reminder of humans' destructive power and the strength of Totara as a timber.

Enough parking for half a dozen cars.

21 km

16 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Keep an eye out for that dead tree on your right. If in doubt just head to the summit ... the wild deer make tracks through the bushes all the time so as long as you head in the right direction you'll get there eventually.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

No water available

Closed during lambing. Check the DOC website for specific dates.

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Trail Reviews

Spaniard Grass - you are not my friend! :-)

Mike McManaway

August 1, 2021

I always enjoy the views on this stretch of the hills. Have been curious about the Pettigrews Rd track as I have only gone down the “normal” track through Montgomery Reserve with the giant totara. Turns out Pettigrews Rd track is just a gentle grassy farm track. While I’m not a huge fan of farm tracks (which most of this run is), I did enjoy the gentle incline - easy to run up and fun to zoom down!

Matt Halverson

February 6, 2021

This trail has big views all around. I took about 25 photos along the way of valleys, Totoroa graveyard, cloud covered trig point, low evening cloud below the trail path. A visual feast for sure. Really appreciated the detailed description that helped me find the turning point to go up to the trip at 4.1km point, thanks Stephanie.

John OConnell

November 26, 2020

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