Last Updated: 9th Mar 2024


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Coastal Cliff Candy

Diamond Harbour, Canterbury

Submitted by Corey Woodward

Last Updated: 9th Mar 2024


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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 34 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest




Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.2%


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A truly awesome out and back adventure. Yes, there's some hill work but no mountains!

Starting from Hays/Charteris Bays, you make your way along the coast line, visiting various bays through to Purau Bay with opportunities to stop off and soak up the views, take a soak in the sea, or stop off at the Diamond Harbour Store for coffee or ice cream. All off-road, with some narrow track in places so mind your footing, some of the drop offs are decent. Quite a few upgrades have occurred recently with new steps making areas safer. 

Great views of Lyttelton Harbour, volcanic geology, beaches, native bird life, this trail has it all.

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Limited parking available on Marine Drive in the vicinity of the Charteris Bay Yacht Club, far better to continue up the road a bit and turn onto Black Point Road. Park on the roadside just past Te Wharau Lane. This private lane is also your beach/trail access but only resident's vehicles are allowed. Walk down the steep footpath.

2 km

2 minutes




There's only one dodgy turn on the return leg, which is easy to miss. If you get to the road (Purau Ave) head back down, you'll see the trail the second time.

Perfect throughout.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

Quite a few residents have taps along the trail for watering native trees they may not mind you topping up, otherwise the Diamond Harbour Store is a great place to refuel.

The tracks could become very slippery after rain, please take care. The trail is very exposed to easterly winds off the sea. Be prepared to add/remove layers often.

As mentioned, the tracks would be slippery after rain and combined with some long drop offs extreme care should be taken. Sadly a local runner died recently in these very circumstances, you will see tributes left and you can see why new steps have been installed in this location.

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Trail Reviews

Awesome coastal trail and well worth the extra drive and compares favourably to the shorter, more popular Lyttelton coastal trail. A real solid work out with all that eleveation adding up and quite technical in places. Great sea views. The cafe is always worth a visit!

Jeremy Wheeler

October 10, 2021

Wow - what a beautiful track! Great variety of trail scenery with open grassy areas, rocky outcrops, beaches, cliffs, streams and forest. Had no idea this was here - thanks trail directory!

Stefanie Parks

July 18, 2021

So glad for the Trail Directory to help me discover runs like this one! It is surprisingly technical - I actually sprained an ankle on this one back in spring, had to come back for redemption today. It is also a bit of a grunt... the track is quite undulating so there are dozens of short sharp climbs. Great views and a few choice gardens along the way. Highly recommend.

Matt Halverson

January 17, 2021

Great track, some good stair climbs too.

George Mitchell

January 16, 2021

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Length: 12.0km

Level: Beginner

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