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The Bowenvale Elevator, Canterbury

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The Bowenvale ElevatorBeginner

Submitted by Martin Lukes

Info Info

Trail Information

11.20km

470m

470m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner

1:45 (Slow)
1:20 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)

-8.6%

+9.5%

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Description

This a fantastic run for anyone on a short time leash or wanting an introduction to Christchurch's Port Hills. Warm up on Centaurus Road and Bowenvale Ave. Head up the gravel valley track (well marked) and keep going straight ahead up the main valley. The track changes into a rough stone surface through trees and then turns into a single track going over some cool small bridges. Keep going up the valley until the valley pinches at a fork. Go left and follow this in a zig zap up onto a leading grassy spur called the Elevator. This ramps you up right onto the Summit Road ridgeline. From here the views are expansive and stunning. Kaikouras, Southern Alps, Pacific and the Banks Peninsula massif. Head west to the top of Victoria Park then descend tracks to the main carparks, Sign of the Takahe and Dyers Pass Road. Plenty of toilets in Vic Park, water and cafes at the top of Hackthorne Road. Something for everyone: social to those wanting a hard training session. Food , pub and buses await at the finish.


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Features of interest

Great variety of terrain so close to New Zealand's second largest City. Hidden streams, rocky steps, wild tops and groovy parks.


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 10%

Sealed Road: 30%


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  • Access

    The Classic Circuit starts opposite a pub. Always a good place to start. Good news the run is a loop.... Get cracking at the Colombo / Dyers Pass Roundabout heading East on Centaurus Road then turn sharp right heading South up Bowenvale Ave after a 500 m warm up.

    Plenty! Buses head frequently past going East / West and North / South. Loads of parking on suburban streets or even the pub.

    2 km

    11 minutes

    Yes

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    Keep to right turns... Bowenvale, Summit Road, top of Vic Park at the Trees.

    Perfect throughout.

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

    Water stops in Vic Park and at the Sign of the Takahe public loos.

    Bowenvale Valley track can be very wet after rain. Dries quick.

    Be careful in cold Sou' west as the Summit Road can be genuinely brutal in wintery conditions.

    Watch out for under-runners on singletrack, rocky steps and traffic in urban areas.

  • Post run indulgence

    Protocol
    corner Dyers / Colombo Street
    A pub.

    Cashmere Cuisine
    Dyers / Colombo Street shops
    Meat ... and plenty of it.

    Cashmere Fish and Chips
    west near Dyers / Colombo Street shops
    Post run nutrition...

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