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Brooklands for the Birds., Canterbury

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Brooklands for the Birds.Beginner

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Trail Information

10.00km

10m

10m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Coastal

Beginner

1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)

-0.3%

+0.3%

Dogs must be on a lead and are not allowed off the trails.

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Description

From the park information panel at the start simply look out for the blue triangles on posts and the signage for Brooklands. The trail is very clear, there is a boardwalk very close to the start, bird viewing platforms and a few deviations around wet spots. There is a separate trail for horses for the most part but judging from the hoofprints best keep a look out!

The trail heads north along the edge of the lagoon so there's plenty of birdwatching opportunities. After around 4km the trail comes out onto the empty streets of Brooklands, Charon Street to be precise. This is what a suburb looks like when compulsorily cleared by the Crown. Continue along the grass verge, turn right into Chalford St and the trail continues through the gate at the end. You'll come out on Harbour Rd, turn right into Blue Lagoon Drive and head for the stopbank.

Head west (left) on the stop bank for a short stretch before taking the first informal trail to the left off the bank onto the closed street, keep west parallel to the stopbank, left into Lower Styx Rd, left into Harbour Rd, second right to Charon St and retrace your steps all the way back.


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Features of interest

Bird hides and viewing platforms with bird ID charts, you might see a kotuku! The deserted residential suburb is a bit of a surreal experience.


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%


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  • Access

    Look out for the large information board on the outside of the bend in Heyders Rd. The trail starts right here.

    Plenty of parking in various spaces around Spencer Park if you can't just pull up beside the sign.

    16 km

    24 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    If you miss the first left off the stopbank, just take the next one and you'll be on Lower Styx Rd.

    Patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There's water available at the Spencer Park picnic area and camp ground.

    Good trail in any weather as it's mostly sand and free draining. Not much shelter though. In summer the Campground shop and cafe are more likely to be open.

    Watch out for MTBs and horses who may decide to share the trail.

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