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Christchurch 360 Trail - Godley Cliffs Section, Canterbury

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Christchurch 360 Trail - Godley Cliffs SectionBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Trail Information

16.10km

400m

700m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)

-11.4%

+9.2%

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Description

The full 360 Trail is a 135km loop around ChCh on a mix of urban trails and tracks. If you are nuts you could try the whole lot in one go, but you'll need the best part of 24 hours for that. Instead the 360 Trail concept is an Urban "Great Walk" designed to be ticked off in several discrete stages. Godley Cliffs is the second section of the 360 Trail and if you want a longer full traverse of the Port Hills hook it together with the Sugarloaf Hills section which starts over in Halswell, or the Crater Rim Trail.

If you've come up via the Gondola drop down the zig zag track down to the saddle. From here kick off into the gradual climb up the shared use MTB/walking trail as it sidles and zigzags up to the top of Mt Pleasant. Alternately for a more direct route head straight up the hill cross country where you'll pick up sections of the pre-EQ Crater Rim route.

From Mt Pleasant it's more shared use track down and round to the historic bunkers, which are always a great spot for a photo or two. Hop onto the Crater Rim Trail here and get rid of those MTB's for a more direct descent down and round to Evans Pass. Cross the road and cattlestop and then follow the Crater Rim all the way out to the Godley Head Carpark.

There are some truly gobsmacking views of the Lyttleton Harbour entrance through here. From Godley Head the 360 Trail actually follows the old track down to Boulder Bay, bypassing the Gun Emplaceements on Godley Head. You may wish to take the new trail that tours these historic buildings instead. You can also camp at Godley head these days too, a great place for night sky and sunrise viewing. Nice easy undulations take you round the bays to Taylors Mistake where you need to zip across the sandy beach and pick up the trail up to Scarborough head as it ducks, dives and zigzags around some baches and then some truly palatial homes. Up over the daunting cliffs of Whitewash Head, then down through Nicholson park and you'll hit the end of this section of the 360 Trail at Sumner Beach.


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Features of interest

Historic gun emplacements and bunkers. Spectacular views of Lyttelton Harbour and Pegasus Bay. Christchurch 360 Trail


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 60%

Easy Single Track: 30%


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  • Access

    Start at the Major Hornbrook Saddle, just under the Gondola Top Station. Finish at the Clock Tower, Sumner Beach

    Catch the Gondola up to start, or get dropped off by your friendly support crew who can drive up via Mt Pleasant

    14 km

    26 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Follow the koru shaped 360 Trail markers

    Perfect throughout.

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

    There's water at the Godley Head Carpark, and at Taylors Mistake

    Can get pretty greasy after rain and fogbound in inclement weather

    Note the weather forecast, it can be pretty savage on the Port Hills in a storm

  • Post run indulgence

    Lots of options for R&R in Sumner.

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