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Spitting DistanceBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Trail Information

15.00km

200m

200m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Beach
Coastal
Riverside

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:35 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)

-0.1%

+0.2%

Skits the EQ redzone and also sensitive ecosystems, please don't go cross county off trail

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Description

Head off from the Pier and follow the network of trails that weave up and down and round and through the marram grass and ice plant covered dunes. Pass the South Brighton Surf club and pick up the trails again in among the dunes. Please stick to the path to minimize tramping damage. Sensitive environment here!

As you near the end of the spit ease out on to the sand. If the tide is low its firm, easier going out towards the waves a bit. As you round the end of the spit look for an old sign and a wee trail that links you through to the South Shore Spit trails. Once heading north again follow the trails around the estuary. Lots of houses used to be round here, with great views but sometimes bad smells. its a bit different now. Trails head around the waters edge, take care crossing the road at South Brighton Bridge. From the bridge follow more trails around the estuary and then rivers edge until you spot the New Brighton shopping area where you are two blocks west of your start point.


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Features of interest

Beach and dune habitats. EQ Redzone around Estuary Sand running


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 35%

Sealed Road: 5%


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  • Access

    Start/ visit from the New Brighton Pier/ Library

    Plenty of parking for free. Buses from town direct

    9 km

    16 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    If you get lost in the dunes then pop out to the sand.

    Perfect throughout.

    Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    BYO. Couple of dodgy loo blocks where you might top up

    All good all year. Can get bloody windy, sometimes hot- sometimes cold

    STAY OFF the dunes apart from the trails

  • Post run indulgence

    Salt on the Pier
    New Brighton Pier

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