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Mt Grey, Canterbury

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Mt GreyIntermediate

Submitted by Yonni Kepes

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


2:45 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)



A large tree has fallen on Mt Grey Track about 20 minutes walk up from the Grey River car park.

Visitors will need some agility, scrambling and bush bashing to get around it. For your safety, don’t climb through it.   

There are also a few other trees across the track in places.

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From the Lake Janet carpark, follow the track up beside the toilet. You'll start climbing, and soon come out into the open zig-zagging your way up the hill. After a couple of hard km's you'll find you've reached the Fire House (look out). From here continue up trail (approx north) direct up the spur through the bush. After about 20m you will emerge on the service road, follow the service road up, as it winds it's way to the cellphone tower

From here you can look across to the trig in the distance, go down the hill and then climb back up to the trig of Mt Grey.

From the trig, turn back but follow the track that leads down to the right. It's nice single track, and after a couple of km you'll enter the bush and start the meandering switchbacks. Follow the trail down to the Grey River, where the track will come out at a gravel road and a river. Turn left here, and follow the road back to Lake Janet - it's about a 3km run on tired legs!

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Features of interest

Mt Grey trig, Lake Janet lake

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 15%

Sealed Road: 0%

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Double Mt Grey

Double Mt Grey

Length: 22.00km


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  • Access

    Take the Scenic Highway exit in Amberley and follow the signs up to Mt Grey. Park up at Lake Janet Carpark.

    The road is gravel, and a bit rutty, so take care driving. Parking is fine at Lake Janet.

    17 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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

    Follow what you thinks best! :) It's easy enough

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Take water with you. If you need water, you should be able to access it at the Grey River Camping ground.

    It's fine all year round. Even better with snow, just so long as you are prepared!

    Be careful coming down the switchbacks as they get slippery and there can be tripping hazards.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Blue Dairy
    Great, cheap ice creams!

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