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Barnett Bunker Buster, Canterbury

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Barnett Bunker BusterBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

7.50km

450m

450m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Beginner - Intermediate

1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)

-11.9%

+11.9%

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Description

This is a great entry level hill climb for beginners, and superb steady vert for any age and stage in the trail running spectrum. Its 100% runnable, and 100% hills.

Start up by sneaking around the perimeter of the football grounds and at the far SE end pick up the Eastenders track. (To all fans of the best of British, apologies as there is no Coronation Street, nor an Emmerdale Farm). This well formed and maintained trail starts steadily and then steepens all the way up onto the ridgeline. Hop the fence via the stile above the water tanks and cruise your way up the 4WD road until you connect with the Summit Road beside a tall stand of pine trees.

Cross the Summit Road (mind the bikes and boy racers) and pick up the Farm Track that heads up through Greenwood Reserve to the top of the hill. Here you will find the historic bunkers and gun emplacements, a wonderful place to linger and take some photos.

Retrace your steps back down, it should take half the time to return as it did to climb for most folk. There is also a currently closed (but passable) trail part way up that is well worth an explore up to the large cave in the valley above Barnett Park. Use your discretion as to rockfall risk, all due to the 2011 Earthquakes.


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Features of interest

Historic Gun emplacements and WW2 Bunkers
Stunning views of Christchurch and Lyttelton


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%


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  • Access

    Park up at the Barnett Park carpark in Redcliffs and head on out

    Plenty of parking at Barnett Park, although it can be busy when sports are on

    11 km

    19 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Can't really go wrong, its well marked and just not where you cross Summit Road- Greenwood Reserve access is slightly to the right

    Perfect throughout.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    BYO, you can fill up at the carpark

    As with all of the Port Hills, dress appropriate to the weather. It can be pretty harsh up high especially in the teeth of a winter southerly

    Track can be greasy when wet- consider the right grip footwear for the occasion

  • Post run indulgence

    Sumner and Redcliffs have great options

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