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The Missing Link, Canterbury

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The Missing LinkBeginner

Submitted by Corey Woodward

Info Info

Trail Information

7.50km

185m

350m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Volcanic

Beginner

1:00 (Novice)
0:50 (Intermediate)
0:35 (Elite)

-11.9%

+8.4%

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Description

Ever wondered if there was a way to link up with all the glorious Governors Bay trails from the city side of the Port Hills? There is! A Governors Bay local generously allows people to cross his land which provides the "missing link" between Coronation Hill, Reuter Park (donated in 1995 by Horst and Christina Reuter) and Governors Bay thus opening up a number of options for loops incorporating other Wild Things trails (such as The Guv'nor & His Birds).

Head up Harry Ell from the Sign of the Takahe to the Sign of the Kiwi, take the trail to the left of the Sign of the Kiwi. At the 4.2km mark, take the trail to the left which descends down towards Dyers Pass Road, cut over the driveway and head through the Gum trees to Reuter Park and then down to Dyers Pass Road proper. From here there is a 1.4km stretch of roadside/footpath running to reach the Governors Bay Wharf if you're headed that far.


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Features of interest

Great views across Lyttelton Harbour and native bird life


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 27%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Sealed Road: 18%


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  • Access

    Start at the Sign of the Takahe.

    Usually plenty of parking across the road from the Sign of the Takahe. Buses also stop there.

    6 km

    15 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Just head down the hill at the 4.2km mark, you really can't go wrong. The trail is signposted where is crosses driveways, etc.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    Water available from the drink fountains part way up the Harry Ell track and at Sign of the Kiwi, no other public source of water.

    The trail down to Governors Bay is likely to be very muddy post rain.

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