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Vicki Vale, Canterbury

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Vicki ValeIntermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Trail Information

9.25km

490m

490m

 

Canterbury

Christchurch

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands
Volcanic

Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)

-11.6%

+11.8%

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Description

Holy Toldeo Batman! Its Vicky Vale!

Actually its not, but DC Comics fans will get the reference. This is however a wonderful loop combining Victoria Park and the the Bowenvale, hence the name.

Start by gliding up the trail elevator that is the Harry Ell Track all the way to the Sign of the Kiwi. At Dyers Pass pick up the Crater Rim Trail around the north side of the Sugarloaf, where you'll get a short but grunty climb and then sidle around to the saddle to the east.

Cross the summit road and descend into the Bowenvale Valley Track. This starts as a steady to steep old farm track which can be slippery in the wet. As it bends and levels to the west look for the signposted track that loops around the head of the valley and descends rock steps to a junction. At his junction pick up the East Side Bush track which is a pleasant and less used technical wee sidle, and eventual zig-zagging bush climb back up to the Victoria Park playground. Duck in behind the slide area and follow the main trail back down to the Takahe alongside the Victoria Park access road.


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Features of interest

Some lesser known Port Hills trails
Great veiws


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 40%


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  • Access

    Start and Finish from the Sign of the Takahe

    Blue Line bus goes here from Central ChCh

    6 km

    15 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

    On the East Side Bush Track take care at intersections, mainly its just keep going straight until you are nearer the top.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    Victoria Park and the Sign of the Kiwi have some taps, plus theres a tap on the Harry Ell

    Can be slippery when wet and cold when Southerly or Easterly

    A couple of sections are shared use with MTBs

  • Post run indulgence

    Protocol
    Bottom of Cashmere Hill
    http://www.protocoloncolombo.co.nz/
    Good food and cold beer

    Brickworks
    Centaurus Road near Bowenvale Rd
    thebrickworks.co.nz
    Good food and cold beer

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