Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Rakahuri Ashley Bloomfield

Rangiora, Canterbury

Submitted by Jonathan Drake

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 7

Gnarl Factor: 9








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest


Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -0.8%


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This is a readily accessible and short run on the outskirts of Rangiora, ideal if you're visiting the region and looking for a simple trail. A lot of the trail overlaps with mountain bike paths and  it could be busy at times with bikers.. The trail is braided in many places so there is no perfect route to follow and you don't need to follow the GPX perfectly, it would be difficult to get lost. There is the opportunity to cross the road that you eventually come to following this route and carry on a lot further.

The carpark is visible and seems safe. The area is frequented by walkers and bikers.

3 km

5 minutes




Perfect throughout.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

Water is not available along the route.

None that I am aware or could think of.

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Trail Reviews

Nice wee trail. Easily accessible. Mixture of gravel and earth which was nice and soft/gentle underfoot. I ran early morning but later in the day on a warmer day, good options for a swim. Plenty of options to extend the other side along the stop bank. Don't be tempted to head off along what looks like an alternative trail along a stopbank in the main trail - it comes to a dead end and you have to retrace steps. On the other hand, adventures always make things more interesting!

Anne-Louise Robertson

October 24, 2022

I do this/other river loops all the time, perks of living locally (plus dog loves it).
Officially called the Rakahuri trails, pretty hard to get lost, just follow the stop bank/trails upstream (West), observing the right way signs for MTB's, the track turns with obvious signage to stay on the Rakahuri trail, turning downstream back to car park, or to turn off at exit the trails onto River Rd.
Whilst you may not do the specific trail, you will still get in 7-8km easy.
Like Brion says, you can continue downstream, under the Ashely Bridge, and keep going another ~11km(ish), and end up at Waikuku beach. Options is the stop bank, or the flowing MTB tracks.
Can cool off in the river easily also!

Four stars for ease of access, quality of trail, and enjoyability, obviously not as epic as some other trails, but for what it is, pretty ideal!

Claudia Petrie

February 14, 2022

Another good option for a cruisy run and nice to explore a new area! I think there is some real opportunity to piece together a nice and flowy loop here, but I struggled to follow the messy gpx file - definitely something that subsequent runners may be able to clean up.

Brion Matthews

February 9, 2022

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