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Otira Temple, Canterbury

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Otira TempleBeginner

Submitted by Katie Smith

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Trail Information

16.10km

1120m

1120m

 

Canterbury

Arthurs Pass

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Riverside
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner

4:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)

-14.4%

+14.2%

Misery Trail is closed permanently now, meaning you'd need to use the road to link the Otira Valley & Temple Basin tracks

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Description

This run links some of the track options right off SH73 - do all or any part of it instead of driving by!

Park at the Otira Valley car park. Start off up the valley track, ignoring the turn-off to Lake Misery. The track climbs gradually up the true right of the Otira River, with great views right from the start. After about 2km cross the bridge over the river and continue up the valley, now on the true left. The track is still intermittently marked with cairns, but in places needs a bit of attention to stay on. The further up you get, the better the views of Mt Rolleston ahead, and back to Mt Phipps across the valley.

After about another 1.5km you reach the end of the runnable track - you can climb as far as you like before turning around to head back the same way. On the return, take the turn-off to Lake Misery. This track will link you to the Temple Basin track after about 1.5km. It is a mix of boardwalk and single track, with nice variety. A short climb gives great views along the valley before descending towards the road. Ignore the right hand track to Jack's Hut and Arthur's Pass and cross the road to an obvious footbridge. After going across this turn left up the Temple Basin track. This is initially a loose rocky 4WD track, but gets better as you climb up, and becomes narrower. Follow your nose up to the ski field buildings, and turn around to enjoy the view back across the valley. The route description stops here, but you can again head further up if you like. Head back down the same way, crossing back past Lake Misery and back to your car.


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Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%


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  • Access

    Park at the Otira Valley car park off SH73

    Small car park, generally safe

    5 km

    5 minutes

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the RunHunters app on your phone. View on RunHunters .

    In poor visibility the track up Otira Valley might be harder to follow

    Patchy.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Drink from the Otira on the way up and back, then fill bottles at the footbridge before starting up Temple Basin - no water here until the top.

    Snow in winter, and the Otira Valley track crosses avalanche paths so be careful. The weather changes quickly and can be very cold even in summer.

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