Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Spur Hut Return

Fairlie, Canterbury

Submitted by Tom Nation

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 7 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.1%


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From the DOC Car Park head along the road for approximately 700m, as you approach the Opuha River you will see a trail to the right (on the true left bank). Follow this and its orange markers to the Spur Hut.

The track to the hut is generally a gentle uphill with a couple of small hills. Depending on the amount of rain there may be a couple of small streams to cross. Once you reach the top of the saddle you make your way down to Spur Hut. Whether you get wet feet or not depends on how much you want to keep your feet dry and flow levels. Re-trace your steps to get back to your car.

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Parking is limited but this is not a well used track so shouldn't be an issue.

29 km

31 minutes




Follow the orange markers. At the top of the saddle, make your way through the gate to your right, following the 4wd track and orange markers down the hill.


Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

There are a number of streams that cross the track. Their flow and suitability of water will vary. Water will be available near the Spur Hut.

This is in the High Country so be aware of the weather as it can change quickly.

Potential for the track to be muddy and boggy after heavy rain and in winter/spring.

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If you are looking for a bit of mud, a few little climbs and some great views then this trail is for you.

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