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The Rubbish Run, Canterbury

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Submitted by Tony Sharpe

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Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Plantation/exotic forest


1:45 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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This Run is dedicated to Matt the Rubbish Runner and Wild Thing legend. The Rubbish Runner is out for a stretch most days and collects any crap lying about to make the the world a better place for us all. Look up the Rubbish Runner on Facebook and lend your support, perhaps even pick some up yourself! The run itself starts in on the beach, look for the Regional Park signpost by the carpark and pick up the trail that skirts off into a recently logged area. This trail winds north, and briefly skirts the motor camp where you run past a few caravan sites. Look for the Kaiapoi Walkway sign and enter the forest.

Head north and if you are on track you'll soon reach the access road to Pines Beach, which you cross and pick up the trail again for slightly towards the beach. Form here its a nice shared use trail (watch for bikes and horses) all the way through the forest and its fringes until you reach Woodend Beach. At Woodend Beach head out to the sand dunes and then get on the nice hard packed sand and follow the surf all the way south back to the Kairaki Beach end where you started. Try and avoid high tide for the best beach running conditions. And needless to say...if you see any rubbish...!

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Features of interest

Waimakariri River Mouth and Pegasus Bay Coastline.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 25%

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  • Access

    Head out to Pines Beach and go south at the roundabout to the Waimakariri Mouth, past the Kairaki Motor Camp

    Plenty of parking at the beach

    11 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Take care to follow the description in the forest at the Kairaki end, the logging has changed things a bit. If in doubt just keep heading north.

    Generally good.

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

    You can source water at the Woodend Beach roadend

    Usual stuff, sometimes hot in summer, sometimes cold in winter. Dress for the forecast.

    Some further areas of forest may be logged in the future

  • Post run indulgence

    Theres a new Eagle Brewery opening in Kaiapoi Early 2019
    Craft Beer :)

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