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Okuti to Hilltop Amble, Canterbury

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Okuti to Hilltop AmbleBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Stephanie Berry

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Trail Information

14.20km

765m

765m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Beginner - Intermediate

3.00 (Slow)
2.15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)

-12.6%

+12.9%

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Description

Park at the Okuti Valley Reserve park and then head off along the road for a hundred metres before ducking into the Okuti Reserve. All signposted from the carpark area. This is a short track thru some regenerating native bush. You pop out on a farm track and from here just follow the track and signs as you climb to the top. There are some boggy sections so be prepared to get wet feet. You climb to a saddle before a gentle descent down to the Akaroa - Christchurch Highway near the Hilltop Tavern. You could cross the road and have a wee feed before heading back down again the same way you came. Don't forget to stop and admire the views as you gallop back down the hill.


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Features of interest

Awesome views of Lake Forsyth and Lake Ellesmere (Waihora) and the coastline south.


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 1%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 98.9%

Sealed Road: 0.1%


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  • Access

    Travel to Little River and turn left onto Okuti Valley Road just before you reach Little River Township. Follow the Okuti Valley Road until you find a DOC sign marking Okuti Valley Reserve. Park here.

    No Public Transport.

    58 km

    56 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Patchy.

    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, Map.

    No water available.

    Closed during lambing.

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