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Peel Forest Tiki Tour, Canterbury

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Peel Forest Tiki TourIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible



Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


4:30 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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Starting at the carpark head up the gravel road until you read the trail head. 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 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 stretch the legs. Head down this for just under 3.5km and then take a left hand turn on to Allans track at the signpost. This winds its way north along the forest and is poled/marked with blazes. You'll meet up with the Acland Falls track, take a right and head down the stairs. Once you're in the open there is the nice little out and back to the 'Big Tree' or continue heading along the road keeping an eye out for The Fern Walk entrance signpost on your right. Follow this track back to the Deer Spur Track and then make your way back to the car.

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Features of interest

Great views over the Canterbury Plains and native forest.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 35%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 7%

Sealed Road: 3%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

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Little Peel Loop

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Length: 9.70km


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  • Access

    Head to Peel Forest and continue through. Turn right off Blandswood Rd before the ford and park in the carpark on Lookout Rd.

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

    25 km

    26 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally well signposted. Follow blazes/poles on the South Ridge Route. The other points at Allans Track, Acland Falls Track, Big Tree Walk and The Fern Walk are all well signposted.

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water tank at the hut up top.

    Can be pretty unpleasant up on top, make sure you have your extra layers in case. Can be very muddy, lots of standing water during rain.

    General footing issues.
    Some exposed sections on the South Ridge Route near the top, so care needed.

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