Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park, Canterbury NZ

Excellent views of mountain ranges and Lake Lyndon for just moderate effort on this walk to Trig M (1,251m) in Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park.

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park

Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park is a conservation area about one hour’s drive from Christchurch. There’s fairly easy access to some of the peaks in the park from Porters Pass, which rises to 939m of elevation. One of the easiest peaks to reach is the oddly named Trig M (1,251m), and the views from the summit are excellent, taking in various mountain ranges and adjacent Lake Lyndon .

The shortest route to the top is from Starvation Gully, and might take a couple of hours return. If that’s a bit short then try the Coach Stream Track, which will take closer to 3 hours return. There’s a bit more variety on this route, and good views towards the Canterbury Plains earlier on in the walk. A great views to effort ratio whichever route you choose, and not far from Christchurch if you are based there.

Track notes at the end.

Trig M via Coach Stream Track: The Scenery

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
At the start.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Looking back as we climbed higher.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Looking over towards the Canterbury Plains.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
The Macfarlane Stream valley.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
The track skirted the edge of a couple of beech forests.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
I very much liked the pattern of these heath plants.

I think we joined the Starvation Gully Track around here.

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Sophia backed by Mt Lyndon, Cloudy Hill, and the Craigieburn Range.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Looking out towards Cloudy Hill and behind, the Craigieburn Range.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Trig M is the hill to the left.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Ascending to Trig M.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Lake Lyndon down there.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Looking south-west towards the Mt Hutt Range and other tall mountain ranges.

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Lake Lyndon panorama.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Lake Lyndon
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Another shot of Lake Lyndon. Mt Lyndon directly behind, and Red Hill to the left.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Looking towards the Canterbury Plains. The Port Hills in the far distance.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Ben More Range
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Lake Lyndon again. I liked the contrast of green and grey on the slope in the foreground.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Foggy Peak
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
The route we took on the way back was along that ridge in the middle.

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Foggy Peak looming at the back.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Peaks in the Craigieburn Range.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
We followed this fence line part of the way back.
Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park
Descending here. It gets steep and scrubby further down, but the last bit is on a vehicle track.


Track Notes

Trig M via Coach Stream Track, Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park Route Map
The Coach Stream Track is straightforward. The alternative return via a partial loop is not so straightforward and you might give it a miss.  I’ve marked the easement on this map – it’s between the two fences. You can also take the Starvation Gully Track to Trig M.

The Coach Stream Track is pretty straightforward, and there’s more information in the DOC brochure for walks in the Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands Park . The easement through farmland was pretty pooey (cow pats) when we did it, but that’s not a long section. (Note that this section is closed in spring for lambing). The rest is nice. An alternative and shorter track starts from Starvation Gully (and is open year round). The two tracks join towards the top. I think you see more interesting scenery from the Coach Stream Track.

Alternate Route Back

We took an alternate route on the way down that I read about in Wilderness Magazine. You make a partial loop, but the going got quite rough in one section and I’m not sure it adds much to the walk (although you avoid the cow dung this way).

You walk on a faint but obvious track from part way down the Starvation Gully Track. The track runs along a ridge and then down a fence line, crossing over the fence three times to stay on a track of sorts. As you descend more it gets very steep and scrubby. If you persist then you will come to another fence to the left and perpendicular to fence you are following. Cross over this and head over to the start of the obvious (but probably disused) vehicle track which runs up to the highway. (I think this may have be a section of the old coach road). From there it’s an easy descent back down to the outward track.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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