Last Updated: 5th Apr 2024

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Manuka Bay Track

Cheviot, Canterbury

Submitted by John O'Connell

Last Updated: 5th Apr 2024

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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 27 ?

7.9km

460m

460m

116m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest

Beach

Coastal

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

10%
65%
20%
5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.7%

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Estimated Times to Run

1:20

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:40

Fast

Starting from Manuka Bay: The track as with a wide 4WD track. About 750m from the start take the right fork through a gate which also displays an orange triangle. This takes you into the forest and a climb up through regenerating manuka and flax. Lots of cicadas and bird song too. About 80% of the track is shaded by the forest with occasional lookouts over Manuka Bay and the Hurunui river mouth.

At the 1.5km mark you come to a notice saying the track crosses private farm land. No permission needed, just stick to the track identified by orange marked poles. 5-10 minutes later you will cross back into the public track again. The hillside shows a history of erosion though the track is well formed. There is an occasional section that has been narrowed by some erosion but is very passable.

No toilets or water available on the track nor at either end of the track. No dogs allowed on the track. Check the DOC website for any alert notices. There was an alert notice about bait/poison traps when we were there. 

There are several stunning coastal bay views on this track. In particular, the mouth of the Hurunui river was a stunning sight with the sandbar across the mouth directing the water out a narrower opening. 

Easy parking down at both Manuka Bay end and Hurunui Mouth road end for several vehicles.

17 km

19 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Very easy to navigate once you get onto the track in the forest.
About 750m from the start, at Manuka Bay, take the right fork through a gate which also displays an orange triangle.

Non-existent.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water available on the track nor at the ends of the track.

Track could be slippery when wet.

In a couple of places the well formed track had eroded making it narrow but still passable so just be extra careful there.

Two Rivers Cafe
11 Hall Street, Cheviot
https://www.tworiverscafe.co.nz/
Friendly service, relaxing indoor/outdoor atmosphere, interesting artworks for sale on the walls, tasty salmon bagel, delicious coffee, dog friendly -but don't bring the dog in through the front door like we did. Take the dog around the right hand side of the cafe through a closed gate into the garden at the back of the cafe.

Cheviot Tea rooms
33 Hall Street, Cheviot
Great quick service for take away coffees, ice creams and cold drinks.

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Jeremy Wheeler

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Trail Reviews

A wee ripper! Much more bush than I expected with lots of lovely bird song. Magnificent views up and down the coast. Seals frolicking in the waves.

Isobel Stout

January 4, 2021

Heavy rain the night before, made for a very slippery track which was and not overly runnable (for me) in places. Grass long and track overgrow in open areas, making for some sogginess! Otherwise great wee jaunt if you happen to be in the area, just as stunning in bad weather with crashing waves and moody skies. I ran from Gore Bay, the road is actually quite pretty too and it makes a 20km return trip.

Leah King

November 22, 2020

Great diversion on the way down to Christchurch. Enjoyable bush track with stunning views. Toilets located at Gore Bay.

Richele McKenzie

November 22, 2020

Nice track, allow some time at hurunui river mouth to explore

George Mitchell

May 16, 2020

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