Mt. Vernon Rapaki Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,409' 429 m
Descent: -1,444' -440 m
High: 1,470' 448 m
Low: 62' 19 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A varied loop through Mt. Vernon Farm to Mt. Vernon returning down the Rapaki Track.”— Liam Robb O'Hagan
As always in NZ, leave the gate open or closed as you found it. Beyond the gate, the trail gets a little rougher. You can exit to the Rapaki Track at one point. The track gives every indication of being designed and maintained by the sheep and becomes indistinct as it nears the Summit Road, but it is quite a gentle traverse to the road.
From the Rapaki Saddle on the road, head west towards Mt. Vernon. The Crater Rim Walkway: Eastern Section goes up the fence line. This joint-use mountain bike trail offers an easier climb to the summit. Follow it around to the Bowenvale Saddle, and then it is a short climb up to Mt. Vernon back to the east. The Crater Rim Walkway then descends a series of zig-zags (switchbacks) before following the fence line back to the Rapaki Saddle.
The descent on the Rapaki Track is easier on a wide packed gravel road. You can take the Rapaki Track all the way down to Centaurus Road and loop back on Hillsborough Tce, or drop down the Rogers Track to get directly to the car park. Just use caution, as Rogers Track is a steep descent.
Land Manager: Christchurch City Council Parks and Gardens