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Rakaia Rush, Canterbury

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Rakaia RushBeginner

Submitted by Thomas Dames

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Trail Information

10.00km

570m

570m

 

Canterbury

Methven

Front country - easily accessible

Combo

Undulating, small hills only

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner

2:00 (Novice)
1:30 (Intermediate)
1:00 (Elite)

-16.3%

+16.6%

Dogs NOT permitted

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Description

The walkway follows the rim of the gorge through spectacular geological areas, showing lava flows of rhyolite, pitchstone and andesite. It then descends into a gully under a canopy of montane forest and shrub, to the site of the Snowdon coal mines. The entrances to several coal mine tunnels can be seen here, and the remains of equipment used for extraction. The track then climbs out of the creek to a signposted junction. The walkway forms a loop from this point, with the right-hand track climbing across tussock-covered terraces directly to the lookout point. The track then passes through the bush to loop back to the junction.


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Features of interest

Historic coal mines


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 70%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%


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