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The Edge loop, Canterbury

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The Edge loopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Katie Smith

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Castle Hill Village

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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This loop is well worth the gravel road climb for the single track descent. It's fine to run in either direction, but the Edge track is great fun to come down, so best in the described direction.

Start by running up the Craigieburn ski field road from the car park at the bottom. Although it's a gravel road it winds through lovely beech forest, gradually gaining height and with great views. Early on you will see a DoC sign with a track climbing up to the left - this is where you will come out.

Near the top you pass the ski field ticket building - keep following your nose upwards until the road runs out. From here you will see the single track starting across a bit of open scree, heading back down the side of the valley you've come up but at a higher level. This is the Edge track - it ducks in and out of beech forest, crossing scree slopes. Lower down you will pass a signposted junction to Helicopter Hill/the Luge - take the left fork to continue heading back to the ski field road.

You pop out onto this about half a km from where you started - head right and keep going downhill back to the start.

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Moderate Single Track: 50%

Gravel Road: 50%

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  • Access

    Start from the car park near the base of the Craigieburn ski field road, where there is a gate (locked out of ski season)

    10 km

    10 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There are several streams crossed on the Edge track that are good drinking

    This climbs high - expect snow in winter, particularly on the top section. It is generally fairly protected from wind.

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