Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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The Rubbish Run

Woodend, Canterbury

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest




Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.5%


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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...!

Waimakariri River Mouth and Pegasus Bay Coastline.

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Plenty of parking at the beach

11 km

12 minutes




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

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

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Steve Hanmer

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Trail Reviews

Well, It was a cold rainy Friday, and I didn't want to take the corolla up some muddy mountain trail, so I went down to Woodend Beach and did this classy little loop. There was mud galore behind the sand dunes (bonus), I got swooped by a cranky plover going through some wetlands and found a giant fishing bouy on the beach on my return trip 'garbage collecting' at low tide...It was half way along, and sadly would not fit in my vest pocket..but this run is gold, I started at woodend Beach as the carpark at the other end was full of whitebaiter vehicles...but come along and grab some garbage on this lovely fresh air run!!

Lynette ELFICK

September 30, 2022

I ran it in reverse for tidal reasons. It was lovely through the trees and on the beach! A bit “meh” on the last 3 k’s or so. I love the concept of bringing a bag to collect rubbish and I may have to make a habit of it.

Matt Halverson

June 11, 2022

More interesting than I expected. Nice pine tree cover on the way out and driftwood strewn beach on the way back. I (stupidly) ran at the peak of high tide - would advise against this!

Brion Matthews

July 14, 2021

A satisfying run mainly because you feel good about picking up a heap of trash. When your extra backpack gets too full, and is uncomfortable worn frontwards, just take turns letting it swing from your hand. It doesn't rattle as much this way either. Unless, like me you pick up an old rusty spray paint can with a ball bearing mixer. You sound like your own parade .

Brad Spiers

May 26, 2019

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