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Thomas River Run, Canterbury

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Thomas River RunBeginner

Submitted by Corey Woodward

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Castle Hill Village

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


0:40 (Slow)
0:30 (Moderate)
0:20 (Fast)



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An awesome short loop with well formed trails, delicious native bush, small (easy) river crossings and copious amounts of native birdlife. Start at the DoC sign for the Thomas River trail on Trelissick Loop, head down to the stream and once up onto the terrace head right. Easy to follow trail from there. You will cross over an access road to a Lodge about 900m in, the trail then meanders along above the Thomas River before dropping down to cross the river and briefly send you along a 4WD access track for the Castle Hill Village water scheme.

Take note at the 1.9km mark to look for for a trail to your right as you'll come back to this point and head up there upon your return. The trail gets a bit less travelled from here but eventually brings you out to a massive flying fox (private), from here you get great views up the valley and up to Leith Hill. Now retrace your steps and head up the trail mentioned previously. Eventually the trail will bring you back out to the start of Hogsback track. Follow the gravel road down to Castle Hill Drive and then Trelissick Loop to your start point.

An ideal warm up/shake out for the nearby Leith Hill, Loop of Depression or Hogsback trails without repeating any of those trails (about 100m overlap for trail access).

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Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 90%

Easy Single Track: 5%

Gravel Road: 3%

Sealed Road: 2%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Hogsback Track

Hogsback Track

Length: 14.70km

Leith Hill

Leith Hill

Length: 8.30km

Cloudsley - Enys Traverse

Cloudsley - Enys Traverse

Length: 21.70km

The Loop of Depression

The Loop of Depression

Length: 6.00km


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  • Access

    Start at the DoC sign for Thomas River trail on Trelissick Loop

    Plenty of roadside parking opportunities.

    0 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Take note to the return route around the 1.9km mark, it is obvious. Do not attempt to return via a trail marked on some Topo maps from the Flying Fox, it does not exist.

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water in the stream/river may be drinkable but advise carrying your own.

    Use caution if there has been recent heavy rain, if in doubt about the river crossings don't attempt.

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