Caped Campbell CrusadeBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Tony Sharpe
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Back country - remote
Point to Point (one way)
Undulating, small hills only
Beginner - Intermediate
There's two ways to get out near the historic Cape Campbell lighthouse. The GPX file takes you on the low tide route which sticks to the beach all the way out and back, and is best attempted at low tide. A more adventurous alternative to make this a nice loop is to take the marked trail over the coastal hills, which affords you some wonderful views of Cook Strait, Lake Grassmere, the North and South Islands and Mt Tapuae-o Uenuku in the Kaikoura inland mountains. This trail is well signposted and marked, initially up the 4WD farm track near the camp and then follows various ridgelines and fencelines out to near the lighthouse.
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Features of interest
Historic lighthouse, Lake Grassmere saltworks
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 30%
Technical Single Track: 30%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Start at the DoC campground at Marfell's Beach, 10km out to the coast from SH1 between Seddon and Ward
Plenty of parking roadside at the campground
Please stick to the marked trail across the farm
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Fill up at the camp unless you like salt water
Check for lambing season closures on DOC website
Avoid the beach section at High Tide
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