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Lady Isaac Loop, Canterbury

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Lady Isaac LoopBeginner

Submitted by Corey Woodward

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Trail Information

23.00km

30m

30m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Riverside
Open farmlands

Beginner

3:00 (Novice)
2:15 (Intermediate)
1:45 (Elite)

-0.3%

+0.3%

The Isaac Farm walkway crosses private land and is on a working farm - the trail may be closed at times for farming activities - particularly lambing in Spring.

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Description

This loop is only possible because of work by The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust, founded by the late Sir Neil and Lady Diana Isaac, generously opening up their property to allow pedestrian access from the Groynes area through to the Waimakariri River.

Passing through the Isaac Farm Walk, it joins up with the Templar's Island Trail heading downstream to the Ōtukaikino Trail which runs parallel with the Northern Motorway until it passes through The Groynes and back to the carpark.


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Features of interest

Wetlands restoration efforts by both Council and the Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust and great views across the Waimakariri River. The Isaac Farm Walk passes through sites of ecological significance and is home to a rare native musk.


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

Gravel Road: 10%


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  • Access

    A convenient start point is on Clearwater Ave. The trail starts just across the road from the signposted Walking Track Car Park (on the right just prior to the bridge). However, the trail can also be started at numerous points around the loop.

    Safe, sign posted, off road car park specifically for walkers (and runners!) on Clearwater Avenue, near the golf course.

    12 km

    23 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Most potential dead-end side trails become very obvious within a minute or less so no major distance added if you take a wrong turn.

    Generally good.

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

    Best to carry your own. There are public toilets at the 15.5k mark (White's Crossing) but potability of the water is unknown.

    Some parts of the trail look prone to surface water ponding. Avoid the trail during extreme weather events as the Templar's Island Trail is river side of the flood banks and therefore exposed to flood risk if the river gets high.

    When passing through The Groynes, take care if swans are near the trail. At times of the year they can be "rather protective" of their mates and young.

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