Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Chetwynd Track

Fairlie, Canterbury

Submitted by Jo O'Neill

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 22 ?

Gnarl Factor: 28 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.9%


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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.

Amazing views of gully and limestone hills

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No public transport available. Make your own way.

10 km

11 minutes




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!

Fairlie Bakehouse
Fab food

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

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Anj de Beer

has completed Chetwynd Track 4 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Fantastic track on a nice day. Terrific views.

Simon O'Sullivan

November 10, 2021

Great wee climb to some awesome views of the Mackenzie basin, over to the Alps and to the ocean on a good day. I overshot the end of the trail a bit and went to the cell tower.

Paul Forbes

November 14, 2020

Brilliant track with fab views, also heaps of fun with microspikes with snow

Jo O'Neill

July 22, 2020

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