Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Little River, Canterbury

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Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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June 2020: The track is currently closed due to access issues over private land

Pigeon Bay Walkway is closed from 20 July to 20 November each year for lambing. This track is on private Farmland. Please leave gates the way you find them.

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Grunt Factor: 15 ?

Gnarl Factor: 17 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.7%


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This is a really easy track to navigate. Follow the Wakaroa Point walkway signage from the Yacht Club which leads you around the front of the Historic Annandale Homestead and it's stunning gardens, along the beachfront and out onto the farm, You will climb over a stile and then follow a track marked with fenceposts through the first paddock, through a stand of gum trees and then up onto the farm track.

You will follow this track all the way out to the heads, with magnificent views of the cliffs that drop dramatically down into the bay. If you're lucky you might just spot some dolphins or seals. The odd sea lion and orca have also been known to pay a visit. The farm track will come to gate at the heads and just before here you will see the posts heading out across the paddock to the heads. Follow these poles. The rest of the farm is out of bounds. The poles will lead you down to the heads where you will get amazing views of the cliffs below you and all the way out across the ocean to Kaikoura and beyond.

Return the way you came ... don't forget to follow the poled route back down into the paddock and back through the gum trees. Watch out for vehicles on the track ... Annandale operates 7 days a week and there are infrequent vehicle movements along the track ... keep your ears peeled.

Beautiful Pigeon Bay, Old Volcanic formations, Stunning views of Pegasus Bay, Godley Heads, The Kaikouras and beyond.

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Plenty of parking.

20 km

27 minutes





Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No fresh water on route

Weather can change quickly

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Trail Reviews

In addition to previous note - maybe I'll have to go back and see if there was a detour off the road down to the heads

Rob Millar

June 10, 2022

Mostly farm track but good running gradient in both directions with good views, got to cattle stop about 6.6-6.7km into the run which said no access past this point or words to that effect so couldn't get to the point over looking Whitehead Bay. This made it a total run of about 13.2km not 15.6km.

Rob Millar

June 10, 2022

As the Description says, there's a lot of farm track involved. It doesn't mention that it's mostly exposed - very hot on a clear sunny day, bring plenty of water. Great views across Pigeon Bay the whole way, and stunning cliff and sea views at the end.

Matt Halverson

February 1, 2020

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