Tweedies Gully New TrackBeginner
Submitted by John O'Connell
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushCoastalOpen tussock/grasslands
Tweedies Gully track starts in the same place but about 600m into the track it takes a new direction to the north, well marked by orange capped waratahs and well formed too. There was been a major slip on the previous southern route. DOC have placed a closed gate and "track closed" sign explaining the situation. It's easy to follow the new route.
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Follow the DOC sign on the beach road to the start of the track which begins with an immediate gradual climb to the top. The track is well marked all the way to the top. The new part of the top of the track is well formed and easy to follow. Near the top you leave the shelter of the forest covered gully to emerge into open tussock grassland for the last 200m or so to the top which is marked with a pole and a picnic bench. Follow the same track back to return.
Features of interest
Plentiful bird life with Kanuka forest towards the top where you get a nice view of Gore Bay.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 10%
Moderate Single Track: 10%
Easy Single Track: 80%
The start of the Tweedies Gully new track is at the southern end of Gore Bay, about 500m before Gore Bay road steers away from the beach. Look out for a large DOC board on the beach side of the road pointing to the entrance way to the track which starts next to a bach.
There is no designated car park, but it is easy enough to park on the verge of the road beside the start of the track.
Well marked, easy to follow, no other tracks other than Tweedies Gully.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Map.
No water available on the track.
The track has a clay foundation with some steps carved into the track at a couple of locations. It was very dry when I did it in February but I imagine it could become muddy and slippy with a decent rainfall. Also, the top is very exposed to the onshore breeze so bring a windproof jacket to keep you warm while you enjoy the views.
Post run indulgence
Two Rivers Cafe
11 Hall Street, Cheviot, on your left hand side as you drive up from Christchurch.
Great ambience with indoor/outdoor flow and interesting artworks for sale hanging on the wall. Friendly staff, wonderful coffee and a tasty salmon bagel. Also dog friendly but remember to bring your dog in the driveway to the right of the cafe and through a latched gate into the cafe garden instead of through the cafe like we did.
Cheviot Tea Rooms
33 Hall Street, Cheviot. n your left hand side as you drive up from Christchurch.
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