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Mt Pleasant Trig, Canterbury

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Mt Pleasant TrigBeginner

Submitted by Andy Gorton

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Open ridges/tops


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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An easy climb to the top of Mt Pleasant that is quietish (normally) and great views across the Banks Peninsula and to CCH city as well as the coast. Can be run quite easily at night with headtorch as well. Lots of easy route choices to add on some kms without getting ost

Start at gate on John Britten reserve as described. Multiple path choices up to Summit Road (I use a couple of easy ones to loop for warm-up) but the route on the GPS map describes going diagonally left up John Britten reserve via obvious track taking in a couple of very short MTB tracks for interest. The obvious track pop out on Summit Rd over a cattle grid and about 50metres above the MT Pleasant Rd and Summit Rd jct. Head down Summit Rd for few hundred metres where Greendale track starts on a left hand corner of the road.

Run Greendale to a T jct with a wide 4WD track and run up this to gun emplacements. After quick tour of gun emplacements head back the way you came for 50 metres (gateway) and then turn left up track heading to summit. Great climb to summit

At trig point head straight down obvious gravel/4WD track to Summit Road and cross diagonally left where a stile back into John Britten reserve can be found. Head straight on and down steepish track turning right (east-ish) across slightly less obvious track . This track pops out about 100metres above original start point . If you miss this less obvious track continue down until a jct with a 4WD track and turn right which will lead back to the start. There are multiple descents however from the stile.

This run can easily be extended to take in Gondola climb or indeed many other routes across the tops.

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Features of interest

Half way round are WW2 gun emplacements still used but by sheep nowadays. Trig point at summit top

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 5%

Gravel Road: 10%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Turn off Mt Pleasant Road at Upper Major Hornbrook Rd (about 1km below start of Summit Road). After approx 100m there is a gate on the left that is good start point (plenty of parking next to it)

    Could be started at multiple other points but pretty much all others would require road running to get to this point

    Loads of parking on the road near the start. Nearest public transport (bus) stops a 1-1.5 km uphill road running away

    12 km

    23 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    In low cloud some of the navigation can obviously be a bit harder but as long as you don't cross any stiles/fences (apart from as described) all should be good

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket.

    Carry your own

    Usually pretty dry. Normally breezy

    Obvious danger is MTBs coming toward you as multiple tracks are shared.

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