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Halswell and Kennedys, Canterbury

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Halswell and KennedysBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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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. Once you reach Summit Road cross over the stile and follow the obvious trail up the hill. Continue on the steady almost straight line uphill trail for 5 minutes approx from the road up to the rocks on top of Mt Ada for one of the best views on the Port Hills, you truly get the reward for the climb up from the Quarry here.

Re-trace the same route down until you reach the houses again. Instead of going round the quarry this time you want to turn right into the valley and follow the Crocodile trails back down into Halswell Quarry Park at the bottom. There is a signposted shared use/ walking trail rather than the MTB ones to ensure you don't run into bikes. Once you hit the flat follow the trails round back to the carpark where you started to complete the run.

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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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