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Te Moana short loop, Canterbury

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Te Moana short loopBeginner

Submitted by Michael Dickerson

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


2:30 (Slow)
1:50 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



There are a couple of river crossings

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The route is not marked so it is a good idea to go with somebody who knows it or has a GPS device to follow the route.

The typical direction is heading out west along the gravel road following the river, for approximately 4km. You will cross a few fords on the way so enjoy the cool water. At approximately 4km (just after a right hairpin bend and in the middle of a left bend) you will veer off the road onto a jeep track, it is not marked so you will need to keep a lookout for this or use a GPS device. 

You will stay on this jeep/single track all the way to the top through pine forests with some beautiful views on a clear day. Once over the summit you will head down on a fairly steep old jeep track through the plantations until you get back to the river at where you initially started from. Beautiful spot to cool off tired legs. You will go through a farm gate (please close it) and take a left onto the gravel road back to your vehicle about 200m down the road. As an alternative, you can run the other way around which will entail a shorter but steeper initial climb. This may give you a longer enjoyable run down through the scenic area of the route.

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Features of interest

The Te Moana Gorge is a beautiful spot with with a stunning waterfall. The waterfall is a bit off the track so you will have to go looking for it.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

Gravel Road: 35%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Just a short way past the third and last Te Moana Gorge campsite, there is an open grassy area where you can park your vehicle on the right hand side of the road. It is not sign posted, however it is pretty obvious.

    No public transport, you will have to make your own way there. The route is a loop which returns to the parking area where there is ample space for vehicles.

    22 km

    28 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Good idea to take a navigation device if you don't know the area as it is not marked at all.

    Other than the right turn off the gravel road at 4km, it is pretty easy to follow, but would still recommend a navigation device.

    Very patchy.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    There is plenty of water on the route lower down.

    Very muddy after a good rain and streams may be an issue on heavy rain.

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