Spur Hut ReturnBeginner
Submitted by Tom Nation
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
RiversideOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslands
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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Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 12.5%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 75%
Gravel Road: 12.5%
The start point is the car park for the North Opuha Recreation Area and is on the Fox Peak Ski Field Access Road 30km NW of Fairlie. Turn off SH79/Allandale Rd and follow the signs to Fox Peak Ski Field. Follow the Lochaber Road past Lake Opuha. Cross the North Opuha Bridge and turn left to continue down Fox Peak Skifield Road. The road does become a gravel road. On the left hand side of the road, just before the bridge leading to the skifield, is a car park. There is a DOC sign, intentions book and map.
If you reach the bridge/ford over the Opuha River you have gone too far, backtrack about 700m.
Parking is limited but this is not a well used track so shouldn't be an issue.
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.
Post run indulgence
Fairlie Bake House
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