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Coastal Cliff Candy, Canterbury

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Coastal Cliff CandyBeginner

Submitted by Corey Woodward

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Diamond Harbour

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


3:30 (Slow)
2:40 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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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. 

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 45%

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  • Access

    Trail starts on the shore of Hays Bay by the red shed.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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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