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Kaiapoi Island Trail, Canterbury

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Kaiapoi Island TrailBeginner

Submitted by Kelly Chapman

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands


2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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From the NCF Park car park go around the gate and follow the gravel track about 100m to the Kaiapoi River stopbank. Once you're on the stopbank turn right and run on the stopbank. You'll have the Kaiapoi River on your left and farmland on your right.

After about 2.5km, just before the pine trees, on your left you’ll see the sign “Kaiapoi Island Trail”. A shared-use single track falls away to the left down and off the stopbank. Follow the single track down to the Waimakariri River Park.

In the first kilometre or so the well-maintained single-track splits in two, stay right. The track soon veers right and crosses the gravel road and weaves its way through vegetation, eventually arriving alongside the Waimakariri River.

Follow the single track until you pass under both bridges (Old Waimak Bridge and the Motorway Bridge). After you've passed the bridges, the track goes left and right, stay left and follow the track towards the river.

Stay on this track and enjoy fantastic views of the Waimakariri River for about another 3km.

Eventually, the track does a right turn taking you into a forest area for about 3km, heading back the way you came, eventually popping you out back by the bridges.

From there follow the track back the way you came.

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Features of interest

This trail runs alongside and provides great views of the Waimakariri River.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 30%

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  • Access

    The start point of this trail is the car park at NCF Park on Courtenary Drive.

    There's heaps of parking.

    2 km

    4 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There is a drinking water and toilets avaiable at the picnic area between the two bridges.

    No seasonality issues.

    Extra care required if the Waikiriri River is running high.

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