Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Momma's Sanity

Ashburton, Canterbury

Submitted by Nicole Jackson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 0 ?








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Type of Run


Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.4%


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Estimated Times to Run







If leaving from the north side of the river cross under the bridge run up through Park toward countdown, around the fence and over the bridge. At the end of the bridge, there is a break in the fence, head downhill and you are on the track. Can't go wrong from there. From the southside simply cross under the bridge. From Countdown its just across the bridge and at the break in the fence head downhill and you are on the track. It is a wide 4WD all the way out to Lake Hood. This is part of a network of tracks that all start from Ashburton Bridge. Once you are at Lake Hood you can loop the lake which will put another 6kms onto your distance. This is a great run for Running Prams!!!!

Great blackberry picking in season!! Natural nutrition. Lake Hood is the turn around point and on a hot day, is definitely good for a swim or a leg dip. Great views of the Canterbury Foothills from Lake Hood.

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Safe parking at either Riverside and Countdown. Crossing SH1 to exit or enter carparks during heavy traffic times can take time.

1 km

2 minutes





Perfect throughout.

Windproof jacket, Cellphone


In high winds and heavy rains, it can be a dangerous track. The Ashburton River has flooded the track this year (2018) and trees do come down in heavy wind.

The Lake House
Lake Hood
They have a great deck to sit out on.

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Trail Reviews

I want to like this track because its one of the only off road tracks close to me, but for some reason I find it a little creepy and don't like running here alone.. ! There are also rampant weeds (ivy, old mans beard, convolvulus and blackberry) which put me off a little too. Some might enjoy it though, especially if running with a friend! :)

Laura Richards

April 26, 2022

Ran this after the floods in Ashburton, winter 2021. Have to say, this trail was not super fast but great for multisport athletes. There was slick mud to practice your skiing and skating, swimming pool sized scour pools to practice your strokes, and the occasional bit of firm ground for running. It may be a while before the track is suitable for prams again! Still it was an adventure, and amazing to see all the cobbles, silt, and trees moved about by the flood waters.

Theodore Eyster

June 6, 2021

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