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Mount Grey and Maukatere Loop

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Mount Grey and Maukatere Loop is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length9.5 miElevation gain2755 ftRoute typeLoop
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Combine these tracks to form a circuit over Mt Grey/Maukatere. Mt Grey/Maukatere Track (Easiest way up): Time: 2–3 hr one way Track category: Walking track The track climbs steadily through nativebush and small areas of pine forest before opening out on to tussock slopes leading to the trig on the summit of Mt Grey/Maukatere. Red Beech Track (Recommend taking this way down, rather than up): Time: 3–4 hr one way Track category: Tramping track  From the summit of Mt Grey it's possible to descend via Red Beech Track to the Grey River picnic area. This track is steep in places, over patches of scree, and is easier to descend than climb. About half way down you'll need to ford the Grey River. Check the river levels at the picnic site before starting your trip – if the water is flowing over the ford, it will be too dangerous to cross the river on Red Beech Track.

Rangiora Office Phone:   +64 3 313 0820 Address:   32 River Road Rangiora 7400

- For a more enjoyable hike I would definitely recommend talking the walking track (Mount Grey Track) up & the tramping track (Red Beech Track) down. - Make sure you check the river level over the ford before starting, if its too high don't take the Red Beech track down because you'll get trapped at the bottom.

From Amberley, follow Douglas Road, then Cramptons Bush Road until the road reaches the Lake Janet picnic area (17 km from Amberley). Turn left into Mount Grey Road, then right into Okuku Road to reach Grey River Campsite and picnic area (3.5 km from the the Lake Janet picnic area). Just before the picnic area is a concrete ford over the Grey River – it may become impassable after heavy rain. These roads pass through a commercial forest and may be closed at times of extreme fire danger, during high winds or for logging operations. For the latest road conditions, phone Rayonier NZ Ltd, +64 3 310 7612. Be aware of heavy vehicles and logging trucks on the roads.

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Joe Gu
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HikingGreat!Private property

Please double check go there through the douglas road, not through Rangiora, otherwise you’ll meet a private land and need to go back to douglas road for driving 30 minutes. Mt Grey track is relative easy to climb, the view of the top is great. Red beech trail is harder than Mt Grey trail, more steep. According to the record of the alltrails, it took us 14km to finish the trail, not 13km as the instruction , at the last quarter of red beech trail, the GPS stop moving for 1 km. Overall is great.

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Murtuza Bohari
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WalkingGreat!Rocky

I did this loop with a toddler (on my back) and it took us 6.25 hours to go up via Mount Grey Track & down via Red Beech Track. Mount Grey track is a walking track & Red beech is more of a tramping track. Theres a bit of conflict about the directions; we took a left @ douglas road in Amberley to get there. The red beech track is a hard walk so make sure to pack some electrolytes & walking poles. Once at the summit the view is simply amazing. You get a 360 degree view of Canterbury plains, southern alps and the ocean. Theres a river crossing as well which I was too fatigued to get it right, so I just splashed right in! All in all a good walk even if just a tad bit tiring.

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Erin Lim
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Walking

Easy trail, ascent took 1.5h and descending via Red Beech Track took a little over 2h. It was a little muddy on descent, steep in some parts but manageable. DOC site says there are patches on scree on Red Beech but I didn’t come across any? Decent views on the top.

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Cia F
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HikingMuddySnow

Great walk. Use DOC directions. We went down from the summit via reed beech track and the river crossing felt something having to do it with water up to the knees when the ford at the begging of the track had only 1/2 foot or less over it. Check snow levels too as parts of the way down felt exposed even with just 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Well worth it. Enjoy

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Sharon Joli
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Muddy

beautiful look out point

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Hamish Duff
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Hiking

Great walk, stunning scenery! The track is in pretty good condition, although the Red Beech loop is a but ropey in places. There's some loose gravel in a couple of patches, but I wouldn't call it scree...

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Izzy Carter
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HikingMuddy

This was a great walking track. Follow the DOC directions. The track starts just before the ford. Drive down pass the sign on the gate stating 4WD only for ford crossing. There is a room for parking by the start of the walking track.

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Andrea Vesela
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Hiking

Do not follow the directions!! Takes you to a private property, had to drive another 35km back towards Amberley. Directions from DOC website: From Amberley, follow Douglas Road, then Cramptons Bush Road until the road reaches the Lake Janet picnic area (17 km from Amberley). Turn left into Mount Grey Road, then right into Okuku Road to reach the Grey River picnic area (3.5 km from the the Lake Janet picnic area). Red beech track is definitely hard way up.

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Richard Phillips
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HikingMuddy

A good Sunday walk

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Kylie van Bussel
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Hiking

Be careful of the gps directions here. I got there via Amberley and I’m unsure if the other way works. You can also walk up to the look out and the peak from the Lake Janet picnic area, which is a nice easy hike up and down in around 2 hours.

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Stephen Schulz
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Hiking

Did this in reverse. I can see we took the harder way, quite a steep climb up the back end of the mountain. Fantastic views at the top. Take care with the weather as its known to be windy/cold up there.

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Denise Clark
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be prepared for sudden changes in weather. even if it's hit and sunny when you start out be prepared for hail and snow at the top. we did it a few weeks back and there was a sudden change of weather about 20 minutes to the summit. the exposure to wind and snow is awful. I was sure I wouldn't make it...! obviously I did. 2.5 hrs down the mountain cold and wet is not fun. be prepared!

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Glen McCartney
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First to Review

great track,

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Stephanie Williams
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Hannah Zhou
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Francois Schoeman
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Georgie Bolton
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Jeremy Petrie
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Peter Marinelli
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Hendrik E
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Danie McNicholl
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