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Never Trust A Crocodile, Canterbury

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Never Trust A CrocodileBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

6.10km

200m

200m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Volcanic

Beginner - Intermediate

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

-9.2%

+9.2%

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Description

Never trust a crocodile - or in this case the Crocodile Track as its a shared use Mountain Bike and walking area. Therefore it is recommended to take the uphill option for the MTB section in order to better spot the bikes coming. And look out for the deliberate dead end trails!

This is a nice short loop around a popular reserve and recreational area. Start up with the hill walking trail which will send you on a short loop to the park boundary top warm up before you enter the Crocodile Track. As stated, be on the lookout for bikes but there's tonnes of room and just keep heading up until you emerge into grasslands above the forest. Pick up the Valley Trails as they wind up and switch back until you spit out above the houses where the Kennedys Bush Track heads out up to the top of the Port Hills. At this stage hit the road downhill for a short stretch - the optional zig zig descent and ascent back is a false lead/dead end but nice trail training.

Take the map because you can't trust a crocodile when there's so many wrong turns to make! But really, its pretty straight forward

Head past the Rocks Rd and pick up the entrance to Halswell Quarry Park from above. Loop around the top of the quarry and then pick up the trails that run through the foot of the park and around the fence to the beginning. Great views from the lookout.


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Features of interest

Historic Quarry Park
Sister Cities plantations and art
Views across Christchurch


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Sealed Road: 10%


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  • Access

    Start/ Finish at the Cashmere Road entrance to Halswell Quarry Park

    Carpark off Cashmere Road

    10 km

    19 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Take the map :)

    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    Some taps in the main bit of the Quarry Park near the end

    Slippery when wet- probably avoid the crocodile when its too wet to preserve the track for the bikers

    Beware of fast travelling bikes downhill in the Crocodile section.

  • Post run indulgence

    Craythornes
    Halwell Road
    https://www.craythornes.co.nz/
    Pub grub and refreshments

    The Old Vicarage
    Halswell Rd
    http://www.theoldvicarage.co.nz/
    Higher in feed and drink

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