Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Kakahu Bush Reserve

Geraldine, Canterbury

Submitted by Jo ONeill

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 13 ?

Gnarl Factor: 45 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.9%


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Great track to have a break from trip from Chch to Queenstown - or just a great family day out - lovely tracks you can choose lots of different options in here you can make it a quick 5km or do heaps of the loops and make it 15plus kms

Old Limestone works - lovely river track for the start then you can choose lots of loops and tracks to follow - have a good read or take a picture of the doc map at the start

Park up off the road - you will see the Limestone Kiln and the doc track signs

18 km

16 minutes





Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Bring your own

Normal but watch after extreme winter but can be done all year round

Fairlie Bakehouse
Best bakery ever!

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Trail Reviews

Great varying track about half an hour from Timaru but not far off the road from Geraldine to Fairlie. I always go anti clockwise! Should really reverse it one day.

Alice Brice

September 20, 2021

A cool wee trail if you want to knock off a run while between Christchurch and Wānaka/Queenstown.

Rachel Bridgewater

September 7, 2020

Cool little loop. Varied. Cool lime kilm at the start. Easy to follow. Follows a stream at the start. Views at the top across farmland. About three little pinches.

James Brewer

September 6, 2020

A wee gem, even in the rain! Beautiful bush and (I'm told!) great views from the top. A real find & very easily done as a journey-breaker as only a couple of km off the main road from our neck of the woods to Geraldine/Chch.

Malcolm Law

June 30, 2020

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