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Pekapeka Gully Track

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From the end of Hislop Street, turn right onto Jollie Street and then left up Tottara Street. At the end of Tottara, go left, off-road into Riddells Reserve. 

The track continues a straight path a little while longer. Afterwards, it begins to zigzag through the reserve. About halfway through these zigzags, there will be a detour track that heads left. At the end of this detour, there is a bench. This is a nice area to rest. Return along the same track to rejoin the main track.

The track continues amongst the large trees a little while longer before emerging onto an open field. Follow the track, cross Private Rd and enter PekaPeka Gully on the other side, where the walk continues through the trees. Continue straight until you reach Peel St (or take the second detour to reach Barker St).

Many other walking tracks can be found along the start of the walk. These are along Tottara Street. This walk can also be done in conjunction with the walks in Talbot Forest.

Along this walk, there is a pine plantation which serves to protect the native revegetation of the Reserve and the retention dam.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Geraldine, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1 hour walk
        • Distance: 3.8 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown (steep climb)
        • Wet Feet: Water can back up behind the dam after heavy rain.
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: Yes, on a leash
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: June, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers views over the Geraldine plains and the mountains in the distance. You may even see a pekapeka, the long-tailed bat, which is rarely seen.

  • Track Quality

    The terrain of this walk is unknown. It is a steep climb and descent.

  • Hazards


  • Transport


  • Water

    Drinking water is available in Geraldine, though not along the track.

  • Driving Instructions

    Geraldine is located on SH79, 30 minutes north of Timaru. This walk starts at the intersection of Hislop St and Jollie St.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Geraldine.

  • Area & Track History

    In the 1800s, Geraldine’s main sources of commerce were for timber milling and the numerous sheep runs in the area. These sources contributed to the town’s growth.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Pekapeka Gully Track

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