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Gondola Gallop, Canterbury

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Gondola GallopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

11.30km

535m

460m

496m

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Beginner - Intermediate

1:45 (Novice)
1:30 (Intermediate)
1:00 (Elite)

-12.4%

+13.8%

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Description

Start at Victoria Park playground or the Info Centre and head up the trails to reach the Summit Road at Thompsons Reserve. Cross the road and keep heading up to the trig at the summit of the Sugarloaf, a great view is your reward!

Descend Sugarloaf to the east on a faint trail to join the Crater Rim Track, which you then follow over the lumps and bumps of the Port Hills, including Mt Vernon, all the way to the final dash up the hill to the Gondola Top station.

Superb views on both sides of Lyttelton Harbour and the Christchurch/ North Canterbury region.

Have a feed and a drink at the Gondola and either grab yourself a ticket down the easy way, or else head down the Bridle Path to the Gondola base or Lyttleton where you can connect back to town with a bus or arranged pick up. Another fun option is to retrace your steps back to Victoria Park for a half marathon plus distance .


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Features of interest

Enjoy the expansive views along the central section of the Crater Rim Walkway, simply majestic on a clear day.


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 55%

Easy Single Track: 30%

Sealed Road: 5%


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  • Access

    Victoria Park Playground, Cashmere.

    Carparking available, buses also service Cashmere to the Sign of the Takahe and to the Bridle Path at bottom of Gondola.

    8 km

    19 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

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

    Track is pretty well marked, can be greasy after rain so have the right tread on your shoes in that event. Otherwise hard fast trails to put the hammer down on. Good exit options along the way down Huntsbury or Rapaki if the weather really goes dire.

    Perfect throughout.

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

    There is a fountain 1km from the start and also at the very beginning, otherwise carry all your water.

    Can be exposed in the worst weather, take appropriate clothing for sudden changes, check weather forecasts.

    Boy racers when crossing Summit Road!

  • Post run indulgence

    Christchurch Gondola
    Mt Cavendish
    http://welcomeaboard.co.nz/gondola/
    Great food, coffee, and superb location to finish a good gallop

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