Canterbury Walking Track Grades

Choose the walking track grade that matches your skills, fitness and experience.

Easy access short walk

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  • Easy walking for up to an hour
  • Even surface, well formed with no steps or steep sections
  • Suitable for people of all abilities, wheelchairs, buggies and strollers
  • Stream and rivers are bridged

Short walk

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  • Easy walking for up to an hour
  • Track is well formed, with an even surface
  • There may be steps or slopes
  • Suitable for people of most abilities and fitness
  • Stream and river crossings are bridged

Walking track

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  • Easy to moderate walking from a few minutes to a day
  • Track is mostly well formed, some sections may be steep, rough or muddy
  • Suitable for people with low to moderate fitness and abilities
  • Clearly signposted. Stream and river crossings are bridged
  • Walking shoes or light tramping / hiking boots required

Tramping track

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  • Challenging track can be unformed with steep, rough or muddy sections
  • Suitable for people with moderate to high level fitness and abilities
  • Track has markers, poles or rock cairns
  • Tramping/hiking boots required