Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Caped Campbell Crusade

Seddon, Marlborough

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 66 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only




Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.9%


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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.

Historic lighthouse, Lake Grassmere saltworks 

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Plenty of parking roadside at the campground

20 km

19 minutes




Please stick to the marked trail across the farm

Very patchy.

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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Claire Whittle

Claire Whittle

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Trail Reviews

Beautiful breath of fresh air. I went only 2 hours after high tide and was able to easily run along the beach all the way.

Claire Whittle

December 19, 2021

Access to the hill's track is no longer allowed.

Massimo Nember

April 5, 2021

Loved this run! Amazing scenery and surprise seal colony at the end!

Hannah Mulvany

June 20, 2020

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