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Red Hill to Mt Lyndon Loop, Canterbury

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Red Hill to Mt Lyndon LoopExperienced

Submitted by Rose Pearson

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Front country - easily accessible



Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


Not Suitable (Slow)
5:30 (Moderate)
3:45 (Fast)



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From the road follow the farm 4WD up to the terrace then continue along the terraces (either on the 4WD or direct) until the drainage opens up.

Cross some swampy land and make your way past a few beech trees and across some river gravels. Start up the obvious spur to your left and take this to the top of Red Hill.

Traverse the ridge between Red Hill and Mt Lyndon. Descend the south spur off My Lyndon and retrace your steps through the swampy land and along the terraces to the road.

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Features of interest

The trained eye can make out Porters Pass from the top of Mt Lyndon.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 90%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 0%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Lyndon Rd to the SW of Lake Lyndon
    To avoid matagauri start up the farm 4WD access road from the lay-by at the top of the hairpin turns.

    The Lake Lyndon to Coleridge road can be closed in winter. The road is narrow so make sure you park well of the road. The is space for parking on the verge at both the top and bottom hairpin turns.

    27 km

    27 minutes


    Name: Brooksdale Station
    Telephone: 03-318 4748

  • Staying Safe


    Make sure you start up the right ridge to Red Hill, and make sure you start down the right ridge off Mt Lyndon.


    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    None on the peaks and traverse. There are cattle on the lowlands so probably best not to drink from the stream either - at least low down.

    There will be snow and ice in winter so pack micro-spikes then.

  • Post run indulgence

    Hororata Cafe
    Very nice pies and friendly staff

    Sheffield Pie Shop
    Also very nice pies and friendly staff.

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