Kairaki Kaiapoi KruiseBeginner
Submitted by Tony Sharpe
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Start in front of the sailing club and follow the trail on the east back of the canal behind the houses. This will get you up to Pines Beach where you can cross over the canal and return to the Waimakariri River along another trail on the west bank. Pleasant scenery.
Turn right to follow stopbanks up the Waimakariri with great views across Brooklands Lagoon and to Christchurch and the distant Port Hills. Photo stops on a nice day for sure! Head past the roadend after the oxidation ponds, checking out the great fishing spot. Continue up the stopbanks now on the side of the Kaiapoi River until you see the town up ahead.
Hang a right at the dog park into the Red Zone (spare a thought for those who lived here before the 2010 quake) and follow the trails through Norman Kirk Park, to eventually link with the side streets through to the main road back to Pines Beach. Follow the cycle trail all the way back and then carry on to finish the run with a more technical stretch through the forest section (or beach if you wish). There's lots of trail options so follow your nose (or the gpx track) through for a nice finish back to the Waimakariri Mouth where you started.
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Features of interest
Waimakariri River Mouth, Kaiapoi River, Tuhaitara Forest, great beach & Kaiapoi Red Zone
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 70%
Sealed Road: 10%
Park up at the public carparking at Kairaki Beach
No public transport out here, but you could start the run in Kaiapoi instead if thats an issue
Follow your nose in the forest, there is a marked trail but if you lose it just keep heading south on whatever trail you find yourself on
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
You can fill up at the start, and there's also water at the Kaiapoi end in Norman Kirk Park
Hot in a norwester
Nothing of note
Post run indulgence
Port and Eagle
Great craft beer brewery on the river side
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