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Girdle the Groynes, Canterbury

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Girdle the GroynesBeginner

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Trail Information

16.90km

130m

130m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Combo

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush
Riverside
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner

2:15 (Novice)
1:45 (Intermediate)
1:20 (Elite)

-1.2%

+0.2%

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Description

This is a nice cruisy combo out and back/ loop run that takes in the NW fringe of Christchurch. From Lake Roto Kohato water park pick up the Otukaikino Walkway and follow easy trails through to Lake Clearwater Resort. There's a short section of footpath to a bridge here where you hang right and into the popular The Groynes Recreation Reserve. Wind your way through the Groynes, there's a number of trail options as you wind through mixed bush and lakesides.

You are aiming for the Dogpark at the northern end where you should easily pick up the northern end of the Otukaikino Walkway. Follow this for 3km to the underpass under the motorway, and then further round to the Darroch St end. Here you can pick up the Waimari Walkway as it loops around stopbanks between new housing developments until it hits the motorway and pops you back into The Groynes via the main access road. To finish pick up the trails back through the Groynes park and return to Lake Roto Kohato on the same route you came in on.


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Features of interest

Otukaikino River, Groynes flood protection scheme and native re-plantings


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 85%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Sealed Road: 5%


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  • Access

    There's a number of possible start points. Described route is from Roto Kohatu Reserve, but you can also enter at Lake Clearwater, The Groynes or Darroch Street depending on what suits you.

    Parking available at Lake Roto Kohatu, take care to note gate closure times when there as there is outside parking if late in the day. There is also parking at Clearwater, Groynes and Darroch St. Buses pass from City through the Darroch Street end.

    11 km

    20 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    might pay to print the map or upload the GPX to a device to make sure you don't miss turns in the Groynes area

    Perfect throughout.

    Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Taps at The Groynes

    None other than normal NZ seasonal stuff

    Watch our for bikes on the corners

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