iNaturalistNZ Mataki Taiao
info and some basic instructions on how to join and load your own observations
Chch 360 Trail booklet with maps
Update: “NatureWatch” found on the last page, is now “iNaturalistNZ Mataki Taiao” and the website address is now inaturalist.nz
See Route updates for changes to the maps.
Where are dogs allowed?
In September 2019, the 360 Trail runs through areas where dogs are prohibited:-
Taylors Mistake Beach in summer, except for passing through on a short leash
Sumner Beach in summer, except for passing through on a short leash
Brookland Spit and Lagoon, 3 areas
McLeans Grasslands Park
Along the rest of the trail, expect to keep your dog on a leash, and in some areas also keep your dog strictly on the walking track.
Bottle Lake Forest Park is a dog exercise area.
See the map linked above for details and updated info.
How do you calculate your estimated walk times?
Everyone is different, with varying levels of fitness and endurance. Some people like to run, and others like to wander. We can therefore say with almost certainty that you will find that you will not take exactly the amount of time we have estimated. These should be taken as a guide only.
We have a methodology we use to estimate the time the walks might take. First, we assume that people will walk at an average pace of 3km/h. Terrain can slow people down a lot, so we add 10 minutes for every 100m of elevation change – both uphill and downhill, because we find many people slow down when descending, rather than taking the chance to gallop. We assume you will want to stop for a rest and a snack every so often, so we allow for an additional 15 minutes after every two hours walking. We have estimated a number of points of interest people will stop at, and we have allowed an additional 5 minutes for each of these stops.
This probably isn’t a perfect methodology, and we will probably tweak it over time, based upon your feedback.