Last Updated: 17th Dec 2023


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Peel Forest Rounds

Geraldine, Canterbury

Submitted by Tim Shaw

Last Updated: 17th Dec 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 24 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.2%


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Choose a direction - Starting up the Big Tree walk track gives smaller climbs, although as a loop it all equals the same. If you start with the Kahikatea Walk, the boardwalks seem more fun in that direction.

From the day shelter, cross the road to find the DOC sign for the 'Kahikatea walk', at the next junction turn right. After that, follow signs to Clark Flat and the Eco lodge. Once at Clark flat, look for the DOC sign on your right. Run across and down the gravel road for a wee bit. You will then run across a paddock with a few big trees towards the camp site. Follow the campsite road out to the main road. At the main road, the 'Acland Falls' walk DOC sign is about 50m up to your right on the left side of the road. Now it is easy, head up the big climb, and follow the signs back to Te Wanahu Flat. Don't forget the Big tree walk finish, head up the grassy path and finish at the day shelter, make sure to visit the big tree!

Set in one of the last remaining sections of Podocarp forest in Canterbury. Absolutely special!

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Lots of parking off the road, toilets and picnic area accessible. 

24 km

20 minutes




Make sure to run through the campsite.


Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

No Drinking water on the route.

Generally good in all conditions.

Watch for fallen trees on Acland falls track descents.

Peel Forest
Great food and beer - coffee is good too Epic to support local

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Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

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Length: 7.5km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

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