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Chetwynd Track, Canterbury

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Chetwynd TrackBeginner

Submitted by Jo O'Neill

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Trail Information

13.00km

880m

880m

 

Canterbury

Fairlie

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner

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

-13.9%

+13.9%

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Description

From the carpark it is a great constant climb along 4wd then single DoC track up the gully. Then once you get higher you join a 4WD track and zig zag your way to the tops. The views over the Fairlie Basin through to Timaru and Four Peaks are fantastic. Once you are nearly at the top you will then have amazing views of Burkes Pass through to Tekapo and beyond - right through to Mt Cook!. Note the track does carry along the top ridgeline BUT this is private farmland. Remember if a gate is closed, open and close it behind you as this is on a working farm as well.


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Features of interest

Amazing views of gully and limestone hills


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%


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  • Access

    From Fairlie it is approx 9km turn right into O'Neill's Road. Head all the way to the end past the farm sheds, up a small hill then turn right at the DoC sign and you will go down a hill to the carpark.

    No public transport available. Make your own way.

    10 km

    11 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Generally good.

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

    No drinkable water - take your own

    Usual hill conditions - prepare for 4 seasons in one day, great fun in a small amount of snow with microspikes.

    Hunters share the DoC track to access the gully - dress brightly!

  • Post run indulgence

    Fairlie Bakehouse
    Fairlie
    Fab food

    All other Cafes - The Farm Barn, Museum Cafe, Eat Cafe
    Fairlie
    All great food/coffees

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