Last Updated: 23rd Jan 2024


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Blind Saddle

Clarence Valley

Inland Road, Canterbury

Submitted by Jonathan Corr

Last Updated: 23rd Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.9%


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Start from the car park next to the Kahutara River.

There are a couple of stream crossings as you get started, but these can usually be done without getting your feet wet.

The track follows a well-formed 4wd track and offers fantastic views of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Follow the track for about 10kms until you reach the start of the saddle. Step off the 4wd track and follow the saddle along to the end for amazing views of the valley.

Pause to take a photo before turning around and starting the descent back to the car park.

Incredible views from the end of the saddle.

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Plenty of space to park in the car park next to the Kahutara River.

5 km

12 minutes




Easy navigation along the 4wd track. The start of the saddle is obvious, and you stop when you reach the rocky outcrop at the end.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water available along the route.

Mt Lyford Lodge
Mt Lyford
Enjoy great food by the log fire on the way back down the Inland Road.

20 minutes from all that Kaikoura has to offer

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