Last Updated: 7th Jul 2024


Save Trail Save

I've done it Done

Tutaepatu Woodend Beach Circuit

Rangiora, Canterbury

Submitted by Anne-Louise Robertson

Last Updated: 7th Jul 2024


Save Trail Save

I've done it Done


Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








Login as a VIP to see driving directions, distance and time.

Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush



Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.8%


Login as a VIP to see the trailhead information.

Estimated Times to Run







This route can be run in either direction. For clockwise - Start at the car park and head out towards the Holiday park. Turn right into clearly marked trail signposted 'Tutaepatu Trail 5km to Waikuku Beach'.

Follow the gravel path which runs alongside the coastal forest. The path goes through regenerating bush - good views to left to mountains. There are several options along the way to cut to the right to access the beach if you want to shorten the loop. At around 3.5km go past the settling ponds and out onto country road. You can keep going to Waikuku along the road or cut into the beach earlier and run along the beach to the surf club. Wharepaku (toilets) are available here. Take photos of the beach and the ocean - it's beautiful.

Run back along the beach. The sand is firm at mid-low tide and makes for easy running. Watch out for horses as this is beach is used Harness Racing training. It's pretty neat to see. Extend along either end for a longer run.

Coastal flora and fauna. Nesting coastal birds depending on time of year. In little over two years, Tūtaepatu Lagoon, near Woodend has changed from a weed-choked waterway to an inspiring example of ecological restoration. More than 10,000 trees have been planted so far in this area and whitebait have once again been found in the waterway. Bird surveys also show a steady increase in species including the return of ruru (morepork), matuku (bittern) and korimako (bellbirds).

If you know of any public toilets near the trail start or on the route, please login and then let us know so we can update this section.

Well-used carpark just after the Holiday Camp.

9 km

10 minutes




Generally good.

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

No fresh water source visible. Wharepaku (toilets) have taps but are not recommended for drinking.

Wind and sunburn.

Beach used for training for Harness Racing - so you may encounter fast horses!

Old School Collective
Great coffee and food. 'Bijou' shopping!

Trail Legend

Jeremy Wheeler

Jeremy Wheeler

has completed Tutaepatu Woodend Beach Circuit once in the last year.

Learn about Trail Legends.

You and Tutaepatu Woodend Beach Circuit

As a VIP member you can record private notes for this trail, see all of your times and more.

Register Now

Already have an account? Login now

Trail Reviews

Gorgeous wee loop trail along the back of Woodend, Pegasus and Waikuku beach. Well marked and easy to follow, timed my run so super low tide as I headed north to Waikuku , and the section back long the beach was dream- like, reflections surrounding me as I returned to woodend barefoot and in awe of the landscape around me, a lazy seal waved a flipper at me at pegasus. My heart soared as I observed the successful revegetation where the bush fire (caused by fireworks) damaged the wetland about 6 months ago. An inspiring trail super fun trail to head out to on a balmy North Canterbury evening

Lynette ELFICK

May 28, 2023

Login to submit a review

Trail Running Community

Find people who are interested in or have completed this trail run.

You must register or login to view this feature.

Register Now

Overlapping Trails

These overlap with this trail to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate activity for each.

Round Pegasus Half

Round Pegasus Half

Length: 21.8km

Level: Beginner

Other trails nearby
Ashley River Stopbanks Half Marathon

Ashley River Stopbanks Half Marathon

Length: 21.1km

Level: Beginner

Rakahuri Ashley Bloomfield

Rakahuri Ashley Bloomfield

Length: 8.5km

Level: Beginner

Pinchgut Hut

Pinchgut Hut

Length: 12.0km

Level: Beginner - Intermediate

Find more trails and peaks nearby