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Jollie Brook Loop, Canterbury

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Jollie Brook LoopIntermediate

Submitted by Daniel Parkinson

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Back country - remote


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands


5:30 (Slow)
4:30 (Moderate)
3:15 (Fast)



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From the carpark, run down to the swingbridge over the Hurunui River and then towards Gabriel Hut. This is beautiful, easy running in open grasslands with great views. Gabriel Hut is reached in no time, after 8km or so.

From the hut, run towards Jollie Brook Hut. The trail ascends slightly and travels through beautiful beech forest. The stream will need to be crossed a few times but is very small and low. Jollie Brook Hut is a great spot. From here, the trail gets more difficult. Numerous crossings of the stream are required, although the stream is rarely more than knee deep on an average person. Keep an eye out for markers on the opposite banks as you cross the stream.

After around 5km of this, you will reach an open area and sign, where you can turn off to Cold Stream Hut to bag this. This is a further 2.5km of creek bashing each way, but nice on a sunny day. The 5km return trip is included in the total distance for the run. Once back on the main trail, continue to follow and cross the Jollie Brook downstream. The area gradually opens up and comes into a farm, but there is a lot of broom here so it can be rough going. If you follow the stream you can't go wrong. Just before reaching the Hurunui river, turn right and follow the track back to the swingbridge and then back to the carpark.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 60%

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  • Access

    From Waikari, drive to Hawarden, and then follow the Lake Sumner road to the Sisters Carpark. This is a long, winding, gravel road with fords, but the fords are concreted and generally should be fine in a 2WD car.

    Plenty of parking and safe

    50 km

    63 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Keep an eye out for markers when crossing the stream


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    None at the huts, but plenty from clean streams (just not in the farm sections!)

    Should not be attempted after heavy rain, as numerous creek crossings are required.

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