Bowenvale Track

  • 1 hr one way
  • Easy/medium

Short walk in the Christchurch Port Hills.

Key information
Walking time
1 hr
Distance
3.5km
Type
One way
One way
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Head of Bowenvale Avenue, Cashmere, Christchurch
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Ends
Summit Road east of Sugarloaf
Maps
NZTopo50-BX24
Altitude
21m – 407m
Altitude change 386m

The head of Bowenvale Avenue is generally busy with mountain bikes, and the first section of track can be a bit hazardous. If you have small children in tow, you might try dropping into the Bowenvale Valley via the Eastside Bush Track and missing the faster traffic at the bottom.

From the road end, the wide track leads through farmland. After a few minutes, a foot track starts through a gate on the right, keeping pedestrians away from the bikes. The foot track leads uphill along the road, crosses a small bridge and sidles under rocky bluffs, into pine forest, and onto the main track at the Eastside Track junction. Continuing uphill, the track passes the end of the Hidden Valley Track.

From here on, it's foot access only along a peaceful valley with pretty revegetation along the stream. Sugarloaf dominates the view of the head of the valley. Past the top junction of the Eastside Bush Track where two valleys meet, the track climbs onto grassland with poles marking the way.

Finally, the track turns out onto a mountain bike track beneath Summit Road. Follow this for a minute or two to the right, to a car park directly east of Sugarloaf. 

Alternative routes back to the car park include:

  • Down Bowenvale Track, left onto Eastside Bush Track, right onto Eastside Bush Track branch, and back onto the Bowenvale Track, 1 hour 15 minutes.
  • Along Cedrics Track to the access road, then down Latters Spur Track to Victoria Park where it meets Eastside Bush Track. Turn onto Eastside Bush Track and take the branch down to Bowenvale Track. 1 hour 15 minutes.
Map
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About this track

Added 12 January 2019 by MatthewMatthew. 2 revisions, most recently 14 January 2019 by MatthewMatthew.
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