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Christchurch 360 Trail - Sugarloaf Hills Section, Canterbury

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Christchurch 360 Trail - Sugarloaf Hills SectionIntermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

18.20km

1065m

600m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Intermediate

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

-9.4%

+9.8%

Enjoy one of the 8 Trail Segments of the Christchurch 360 trail

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Description

The trail starts at the Withers Carpark at the Halswell Quarry Park. Take the track that heads up west behind the old stone house. This trail climbs up and around the west of the old quarry. It circles around it to the south, then at the eastern end of the quarry the track heads off to the right. The track then opens into a large park area. Climb the stile, and head east across the park to the reserve strip with a zig-zag path that exits onto Kennedys Bush Rd.

Continue along Kennedy's Bush Rd to the very end, where there is a gate and stile. Climb the stile, and continue up the Kennedy's Bush Track. The track climbs up approx 6km to the Summit Road. Please stick to the marked trail as land away from the trail is private. Cross the Summit Rd, and follow the track short track up to the Crater Rim trail on the slopes of Mt Ada. Keep following the Crater Rim Walkway all the way to Dyers Pass and the Sign of The Kiwi.

Cross Dyers Pass Road carefully, traffic flies over here and then take Mitchells Track to the south of the Sugarloaf Peak. Follow the Crater Rim Trail over all the lumps and bumps all the way to the Gondola top station. This is pristine Port Hills terrain. Enjoy a beer and chips up at the Gondola and then sort out your method of journey home - buses go to town from the gondola, if you haven't tee'd up a drop off/ pick up


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Features of interest

Halswell Quarry Heritage Park. Crater Rim Trail Christchurch 360 trail. Great panoramic views


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%


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  • Access

    Halswell Quarry, corner of Cashmere and Kennedy's Bush Roads

    Park up/ drop off at the Quarry carpark Buses run from both the Quarry, and from the Gondola base station

    11 km

    19 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

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    Its pretty well marked, keep following the circular Christchurch 360 trail signposts

    Perfect throughout.

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

    You can fill up water bottles at the Sign of the Kiwi

    No probs apart from wind and winter weather

    Can be muddy and greasy after rain and in winter

  • Post run indulgence

    Christchurch Gondola
    Top Station, Mt Cavendish
    https://www.christchurchattractions.nz/christchurch_gondola/
    Great food and beer/wine/ cuppa options

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