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Bird to BirdBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Corey Woodward

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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An out and back trail from the Sign of the Kiwi to the Sign of the Bellbird on the Banks Peninsula. Park at the Sign of the Kiwi car park and then head off on the trail that starts by the monument to the left of the Cafe. The general idea on this run is to keep left when there are trail options, except when these send you down into Governor's Bay. 

700m in, head right on the slightly less used trail.
1.5k cross over the Summit Road, take Crater Rim Walkway on the left.
The Crater Rim Walkway comes out at Worsleys Track/Road, cross that onto mown lawn and head through the small gate beside road.
Head along the road for 20m or so then cross over the stile into Hoon Hay Scenic Reserve and head up the hill.
At the top, cross the next stile and then take the right hand trail (Trig V), don't go left... that's Faulkners Track (not today's adventure).
Things get a bit rocky and more technical here, good views though so take your time.
3.5k you'll rejoin the Crater Rim Walkway, head left.
4.3k head left onto Ellas Track, this is more technical and has one slipped area that has been made passable by steps cut into the slope. This takes you around the harbour side of Mt Ada, good views but mind your step, the track is very narrow.
5.0k the trail rejoins the Crater Rim Walkway again, don't take it, continue to head left on Ellas Track, very rocky on this section so watch those ankles!
5.3k You emerge onto a mown grass area, head right up the hill to the Sign of the Bellbird (across the road).
Head back using the Crater Rim Walkway (at around 6.2k head straight through the cross road in the trail).
Easy from there.

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Features of interest

Part of the Crater Rim Trail taking in native bush, volcanic ridge lines, and exposed tops.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 70%

Easy Single Track: 10%

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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

The Guv'nor & His Birds

The Guv'nor & His Birds

Length: 16.00km

The Crater Rim

The Crater Rim

Length: 27.90km

Takahe Half

Takahe Half

Length: 21.10km

The Governator

The Governator

Length: 9.85km


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  • Access

    Start and finish at the car park at the Sign of the Kiwi, top of Dyers Pass.

    Easiest parking is the car park just below the Sign of the Kiwi, if full there is the option of parking on the side of the Summit Road just past the Sign of the Kiwi

    10 km

    18 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Water fountain at the Sign of the Kiwi Cafe, near the toilets. No water available on trail, carry your own.

    Very muddy after rain. Very exposed to Southerly winds, weather can change very quickly. Be prepared.

    Slippery mud in some places, narrow rutted trails, and some technical rock sections along Ellas Track.

  • Post run indulgence

    Sign of the Kiwi Cafe
    Start/Finish location
    Great coffee. Sell Ice cream, perfect for post-run in summer

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