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Summit Walkway, Canterbury

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Summit WalkwayIntermediate

Submitted by Sarah Mannion

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Trail Information

34.00km

1700m

1400m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Intermediate

5:30 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)

-11.4%

+10.9%

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Description

A lovely ridgeline run that has beautiful views of Lyttleton Harbour and Banks Peninsula. It is well marked and easy to follow.


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Features of interest

Packhorse Hut- this hut was planned as part of a series of rest houses built by Harry Ell for a proposed summit route from Christchurch to Akaroa. Only four houses were ever built, all in local stone, including the grand 'Sign of the Takahe'. The Sign of the Packhorse, Sign of the Bellbird (1914) and Sign of the Kiwi (1917) were designed by Samuel Hurst Seager, one of the earliest architects to move away from historical styles and seek designs and plans with New Zealand character.


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 20%


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  • Access

    The track starts at the top of Gebbies pass.

    Small area of parking available off the road. No public transport available.

    23 km

    35 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    There are other tracks coming off the main trail but these are usually well marked and signposted. The track follows the ridge so if you find yourself going down off the ridge it is possible you have taken a wrong turn.

    Patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Available at Packhorse Hut, Mt Herbert shelter and Rod Donald Hut (this is about 1km off the main track)

    Parts of this track are closed in the spring due to lambing. It is exposed and there can be very strong, cold winds and snow during the winter. The weather can also change quite quickly any time of the year.

  • Post run indulgence

    Hilltop Tavern
    5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road
    http://www.thehilltop.co.nz/
    Located at the end of the run with great food.

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