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Trinity - Harbour Bruisin', Canterbury

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Trinity - Harbour Bruisin'Intermediate

Submitted by Matt Doherty

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Urban fringe


Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


5:00 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:15 (Fast)



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From the start point at the bottom of the steps head through the pedistrian gate straight across the field to the farm gate. Settle in for a progressivly steep climb which you will need your hands for in a couple of spots. Through the gate and head up the brow of the hill in front of you to the fence. Jump the fence, turn right & follow the fence line until you hit a gate in 100m or so (ignore the track closed sign as you are not going there)

Turn left and follow this fence line up as crosses another track then up again until you cross the Summit Rd. Follow the same line up (without a fence to follow now) until you hit the next track (Greenwoods MTB) - turn left and follow the gradual descent along a straight section. When you come to a 90 degree left hander go off the track & straight ahead through the gate in front of you, turn right and follow the fenceline up to a copse of trees you can see up the hill. At the trees turn right when you hit the CRW then jump the stile at the saddle.

Turn left over the stile and follow the single track as it heads over to the brow & into Urumau reserve, now enjoy the best rocky downhill on the eastern end of the hills. Head down this twisting track until you reach a saddle before a pine plantation. Here pick up the MTB track then walking to your right and head down towards the township. If you pop out in the right spot you will be on Reserve Tce. Fom here turn right on Reserve Tce. Left on College Rd for 100m then right onto Brenchleys. 1st hill done (If you didn't come out on Reserve Tce head on down & across, then pick up Oxford St, head uphill & at the end turn right then left onto Brenchleys).

From the end of Brenchleys Rd head up the trail into the bush and climb to the CRW. At the CRW turn left and climb up to the gun emplacements. Follow your nose here and don't take the trail to the right. Jump the fence at the far side and follow this sweet technical section of the CRW round to the saddle before the gondola, pick up the Major Hornbrook trail here and follow it back down to Lyttleton. Turn right at the end of the trail and follow Ross Tce around the hill then pick up Selwyn Pde on your right, then uphill on Selwyn Rd again on your right then next left Tricehurst Tce which is signposted for the Bridal Path. 2nd hill done.

Head up the Bridal path to the top, turn right and follow the path past the gondola and down to the saddle. Pick up the Mount Pleasant track here (gravel single track) and climb up to the trig point on the next hill and down the other side to meet a farm 4wd track. Turn right here & into the gun emplacements, once past the emplacements turn left and pick up the CRW again. You should recognise the next few hundred meters as you did this earlier from the other direction. Follow the CRW over a couple of stiles then on a quad trashing descent to Evans Pass. Right on Evans Pass for 100m then pick up Captain Thomas multi-use track on your left for a quick descent back to the start while keeping an eye out for bikes.

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Features of interest

Grunty three-hill trail named Trinity after the song by Die Die Die who are arguably the best band in NZ.
Andrew, from the band is also a runner & an EVERDAY HERO 2017. He is for the 2nd consecutive year running the Auckland marathon raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Adjacent to Captain Thomas track.
    Head along Wakefield Ave through Sumner until you see Van Asch Deaf School on your left. Take the next right (before you head up the hill) - Sumnervale Drive Lower. Head along to the end of the street (Plenty of parking on the right hand side.) Go into the reserve and clockwise around the horse field. The start point is at the bottom of the steps at end of the field by a pedestrian gate that leads into the field.

    As detailed in Start point description above

    14 km

    25 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    Lyttleton town centre

    This is the dark side of the hill so gets wet & muddy in the off season. The climb up from Brenchleys can be a stream at times.

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