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Halswell and Kennedys, Canterbury

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Halswell and KennedysBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Trail Information







Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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Starting off at the carpark you head up and around the top rim of the Quarry. You then follow the signs up through some farmland and out on to a road. Take a left and follow it through a roundabout and go to the gate at the bottom of the Kennedys Bush track. Head up that track, pretty well signposted, it goes all the way up to Summit Rd. You then head back down, take a tight at the bottom of Kennedys Bush track and follow the mountain bike tracks back down into Halswell Quarry and your car.

Update (June 2020): 300m below the Summit Road the gpx has you going left along a piece of closed track. Just follow the signs and carry on to top on the obvious track.

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Features of interest

Great views out over Christchurch plains.
Views around Halswell Quarry.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Easy Single Track: 32%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%

Sealed Road: 3%

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  • Access

    Located just inside the main gates at Halswell Quarry Park.

    Plenty of parking in the area, some right at trail head.

    12 km

    14 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    Pretty well signposted, though when you get to the road take a left and follow it through the roundabout up to the gate.

    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water available at Halswell Quarry Park, just along entry road a little further from trailhead.

    Not much shelter up on top, so make sure warm clothes are packed if looking rough.

    Fair bit of lumpy volcanic rock in places, so watch footing.

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