Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Tiromoana Track

Amberley, Canterbury

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 13

Gnarl Factor: 14








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest




Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.4%


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A car park is located adjacent to the Mt Cass Road, with three lookouts along the route providing spectacular views of Tiromoana Bush itself, including wetlands and forests, together with spectacular coastal cliffs, Pegasus Bay and Banks Peninsula in the distance. You can imagine Captain Cook feeling justified in thinking Banks Peninsula was an island from here, an error that makes sense from this perspective!

The track leads to the remote beach and very picturesque setting where Kate Stream enters Pegasus Bay, with the option to explore further along this beach. The return loop on the southern side of the valley allows walkers to traverse through the heart of Tiromoana Bush and return to the Mt Cass Road car park via bush remnants and wetlands, with further spectacular views along the coast.

For extra you can also nip up Ella's Peak for some additional vert.

A fun farm loop trail with a surprisingly remote feel and a gem of a beach to boot. The Tiromoana Track is located in a QEII Reserve that was set aside for recreation and ecological restoration as part of the nearby Kate Valley project.

Parking at the trail head.

19 km

20 minutes




It would pay to down load the map - check website attached.


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

Bring your water supply from home.

Can close for lambing August and September- check website attached.

Can be greasy after rain.

Lots of wineries on the way home!

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Trail Reviews

Interesting starting with a descent! As a note, the other tracks and detours are worth a look-in if you've got time. The Te Ara Matairangi viewing spot is pretty neat, and you get a good view out over the coast from the top of Ella Peak. Last time I ran this I took Te Ara Tawhai as an alternative finish (orange track on the signboards).

Brion Matthews

February 13, 2023

Super sweet little loop to run on a sunny September day in North Canterbury! Plenty of little arrows and signs to follow around this trail, thenback to the car and into Amberley or woodend for fish and chips!!

Lynette ELFICK

September 19, 2022

Mostly a mix of 4wd road and grassy track, with lovely views out over the coast. The beach would be a great spot for a snack and swim on a hot day (I had a wee paddle but it didn't satisfy like a swim would have!). Came in about 450m.

Sarah Coxon

December 6, 2020

Compared to the Port Hills trails, it makes a change to start a trail running downhill. Mixture of terrain from wide vehicle forest road, walkers forest tracks, grassy pathways and smooth beach. The last 3k back up to the car park is a good challenge to finish.
Definitely not dog friendly. Notices state that dogs found on the track will be shot.
My Garmin 945 shows 468m elevation for this track.

John OConnell

November 20, 2020

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