Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Waimak River Run - Part 1

Springfield, Canterbury

Submitted by Corey Woodward

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 17 ?

Gnarl Factor: 11 ?







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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.8%


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Part one of three runs, of approximately 20km, that will make up the Waimakariri River Run series (around 65km in total). Plenty of access points of Old West Coast and McLean's Island roads for support. Well maintained (graded) track that varies from rough gravel to flat sand with occasional water crossing (three at time of recording).

Follow the main graded path (obvious) the entire way. When presented with options do the following:
Bleakhouse Rd (10km) go left
Floodbank (13.1km) go left
Cooks Rd (16.2km) go right, then left
Ansons Rd (19km) go around bend to left

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Car parking off SH72 or down the trail 100m or so there is a picnic area with plenty of space.

15 km

12 minutes




Generally good.

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

Plenty of water around but access/drink-ability is changeable. Carry at least 1 litre

After rain, water crossings may be deeper. Avoid after heavy rains if river is high as parts of this trail will be prone to flooding if the river bursts it's banks.

Water crossings would be less than knee deep normally, opportunities are present to rock/log hop to avoid getting wet feet but may be slippery.

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