Mt Grey summit
Image: Janey Thomas ©

Introduction

Enjoy some of the best views in Canterbury from the summit of Mt Grey/Maukatere (934 m).

Track overview

Seasonal restrictions

Access to these tracks is through a commercial forest. Roads 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.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track

Description

Combine these tracks to form a circuit over Mt Grey/Maukatere.

Mt Grey/Maukatere Track

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

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.

Getting there

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.

Know before you go

NZTopo50 map sheet: BW23, BV23

Contacts

Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Email:   waimakariri@doc.govt.nz
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
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