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Up Hill Down ValleyBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Trail Information

10.80km

450m

450m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops
Volcanic

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Novice)
1:30 (Intermediate)
1:00 (Elite)

-9.3%

+10.4%

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Description

Be it morning, noon or night this is a perfect loop to showcase all that the Port Hills has on offer.

Start up with a nice steady ascent up the tarmac of Rapaki Road. After 5 minutes your reach the lower gate of the highly popular Rapaki Track which winds its way steadily all the way to the Summit Road. At the top cross the road and pick up the Crater Rim/ 360 Trail up the east flank of Mt Vernon. Follow the zigs and zags for a satisfying ascent and some fantastic views in all directions. This is one of the best spots on the whole Crater Rim for the views. Have a breather at the top and congratulate yourself for the 450m of vert over 5km that you just nailed.

Drop rapidly off the other side of Vernon and loop back around to the Rapaki track via the shared use trail - watch your back for bikes as they can arrive fairly quickly on this stretch.

Drop down the first steeper bit of Rapaki Track until it levels off and then leave the trail to pick up the obvious waterway. This is the head of the Valley Track, which is signposted and follows the valley floor down. Parts of this steady descent can be quite technical, novices may wish to take their time.

The Valley Track terminates in a carpark. Skirt off to the right hand side across the clearing and then straight out to the alleyway into Vernon Tce which will return you to the start.


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Features of interest

Up Rapaki to great views at the top, then an interesting lesser traveled technical trail back down


Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 2%

Technical Single Track: 8%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

Sealed Road: 5%


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  • Access

    Start up at the foot of Rapaka Road

    Park up by the river on Ansley Tce

    5 km

    12 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Only place you can go wrong is getting off Rapaki and onto the Valley Track, but its pretty straightforward. Trail is on the true left of the stream the whole way down

    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.

    BYO, you can fill up at the bottom

    All good all year but pay attention to signs during lambing- leave gates shut

    Valley Track can be greasy after a wet spell

  • Post run indulgence

    Brickworks
    69 Centaurus Rd
    http://thebrickworks.co.nz/
    Cold beer and great food

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