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LPC - Adderley Head, Canterbury

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LPC - Adderley HeadIntermediate

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Diamond Harbour

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



This is on private land. Access is seasonal. Ring Te Pohue Farmstay for permission and a small charge. Totally recommend overnighting at their old schoolhouse at Little Port Cooper!

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NOTE: Don't just turn up here - please ring the farm first and jack up your permission (seasonal dependant) and access koha/fee.

Once you've got in touch with Te Pohue Farmstay for permission and sorted the access out, follow the farm tracks around a couple of bays until it starts to climb. A short way into this you'll leave the farm track and pick up a truly exhilarating singe trail that undulates above high sea cliffs and really gives you a wonderful panorama of the Lyttelton Harbour Entrance and over to Godley Head on the other side.

Eventually you round the corner into the sheltered bay that is Little Port Cooper. Descent the steep spur down to the beach. Great history here and if you have time stay overnight at the Little Port Cooper Schoolhouse, which you can book with the farm owner at really decent group rates. This was once a whaling station and also the settlement for families involved with running the Adderley Head Signal Station.

From Little Port Cooper take the old unmarked route that sidles up to Adderley Head. Its a little rough in places these days as DOC has not maintained the trail since the 2011 earthquakes, which sadly turned the Historic Signal Station building into a pile of rubble. Linger a while on this exposed headland, it's truly wild. The return journey is along the hilltops. Pick up fencelines and farm trails to a holding pen area where you drop down to the farm trail that takes you over one last decent hill and some impressive views across the whole Lyttleton Harbour Basin. Connect this 4WD trail all the way back to the homestead.

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Features of interest

Little Port Cooper, Historic Schoolhouse, Adderley Head Signal Station site, great views and a wonderful remote beach.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Camp Bay road end.

    Drive out through Diamond Harbour to Purau Bay, then follow the coastal dirt road a few more kms to its end at Camp Bay.

    9 km

    16 minutes


    Name: Te Pohue Farms
    Telephone: 03-329 3276

  • Staying Safe


    Take your map


    Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Bring your water from home, very dry country here

    You must check with the farm for permission. Can be closed for lambing, fire risks or other reasons

    Don't fall off the cliffs

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