Mount Grey and Maukatere Loop

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Mount Grey and Maukatere Loop is a 13.0 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Christchurch, 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.

Distance: 13.0 km Elevation Gain: 820 m Route Type: Loop




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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.

1 month ago

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.

2 months ago

A good Sunday walk

7 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

Friday, August 17, 2018

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!

Monday, June 25, 2018

great track,

5 months ago

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