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O'Farrells For Shore, Canterbury

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O'Farrells For ShoreIntermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Info Info

Trail Information

11.50km

420m

420m

252m

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Coastal
Open farmlands

Intermediate

2:00 (Novice)
1:30 (Intermediate)
1:00 (Elite)

-8.7%

+8.4%

Please stick to tracks and respect gates and stock around Living Springs

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Description

This is a really nice loop option around the Governors Bay hills with a speedy return around the historic Coastal Walkway, which is part of the Lyttelton Head To Head walkway concept.

Park up at the Firestation Reserve and start trotting up the road a few hundred metres until to hit the Titoki Track. Take this steadily up and then veer left onto the Ngaio Track which will give you a solid uphill workout until you eventually reach a junction with O'Farrells Track. Take the left here and simply follow O'Farrells through a mix of open farmland and regenerating native bush all the way to Living Springs.

Trails here are pretty straightforward although sometimes a bit overgrown and you'll pass lots of other options for future hill reps as you trot around. You'll likely want some decent grippy footwear is its been wet or winter, it can get really boggy in here at times. The track gets slightly sketchy towards the end at Living Springs Camp, but just hold your altitude until you hit the road. Another option for the downhill is to pick up the Living Springs Mountainbike trails From Living Springs its a fast tarmac descent down Bamfords Rd to the Main Road , which you cross at Allandale Reserve and link onto the fast, flat coastal walkway all the way around to Governors Bay Wharf. Above the wharf pick up the boardwalked trail and stairs to the left, follow around the roads going left each time until you reach the private property. At this point there is a short stretch of public walkway that ascends you back up to the Main Road near the Fire Station Reserve where you started.


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Features of interest

Nice varied loop involving regenerating forests and coastal terrain


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Sealed Road: 20%


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  • Access

    Governors Bay Firestation Reserve, Earnest Adams Drive

    Carparking for several at the Reserve

    14 km

    26 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

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

    Theres a myriad of other trails around here so take a map or download the GPX

    Generally good.

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

    BYO

    Definitely more technical in winter and after rain

    Please mind the farm animals at Living Springs and leave gates as you find them

  • Post run indulgence

    Governors Bay Hotel
    Governors Bay Road
    http://www.governorsbayhotel.co.nz
    Great feed and watering hole

    She Chocolate
    Governors Bay Road
    https://sheuniverse.com/cafe-governors-bay/
    Chocolate, coffee and a feed!

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