Last Updated: 28th Apr 2024


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Little Peel Loop

Geraldine, Canterbury

Submitted by Paul Forbes

Last Updated: 28th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 28 ?

Gnarl Factor: 73 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible



Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +24.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -19.2%


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Starting at the carpark head up the gravel road until you reach the trailhead. Follow the signposted route for Emily Falls/South Ridge.

This track then winds its way along and down to the Rata Stream which you go along a bit and cross. Follow the track along and then up the South Ridge, which becomes a poled route and heads up the ridge to reach Little Peel.

Once at the hut, make sure you pop up to bag the trig, then continue on your way. Following the track along Deer Spur is a lot easier and is less technical - a chance to smash you quads if you feel inclined. Head down this trail all the way back. You will come out at the top of Lookout Road which is about 300m from the carpark.

This trail includes the peak Little Mount Peel/Huatekerekere.

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Parking space available off the street. Information board and toilet present as well.

25 km

23 minutes





Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

No water available

It gets very windy on top and topped with snow sometimes.

A little bit of rock clambering at the top of south ridge but nothing too serious.

The Green Man Cafe
Peel Forest
They sell coffee and ice cream, nuff said.

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Trail Reviews

The best way to do Little.... take the route less traveled and go up South Ridge.... You do find people that don't realise they are heading up the hard way... eeek!

Alice Brice

September 20, 2021

My Favourite Biggest Little Mountain!
I enjoy this approach to the summit challenging climb rewarded with magic views and a fun decent more commonly approached is up n down deer spur, I like the Loop.

Steve Anderson

November 14, 2020

I did this one balmy evening after work back in the days when I worked in Timaru, a great variant on the normal up and down route here. The south side is definitely a more rugged experience, but highly rewarding

Tony Sharpe

October 6, 2020

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