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Lake Lilian Track, Canterbury

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Lake Lilian TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Arjan Hulsman

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Back country - remote

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:20 (Moderate)
1:40 (Fast)



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The track will take you over mainly 4x4 tracks along a station fence to where the Harper River spits with the Avoca River. After around 9 km you have to jump a fence and follow the orange pole markers through a paddock, which continues in a really nice single track. Follow this track for another kilometre and you will end up at the shore of Lake Lilian.
On your way back it's really nice to follow the 4x4 track through the riverbed instead following the fence line.
The track it self is not really spectacular, pretty flat and not really technical, but the scenery around you is stunning, the blue rivers and the mountains are amazing. The multiple river crossings make this track a lot more fun.

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Features of interest

At the start of the route you can see a water-powered power station.
You'll be running on part of the Te Araroa Trail.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 85%

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  • Access

    After following the Harper Road, drive through Harper Village across the bridge. After the bridge take a right towards upper Glenthorne Station (AA sign.) From this sign it will be 500 meters to the start of the Track. The track starts in 180 turn. You will drive into a DOC sign with the tracks on it.

    No public transport.
    Really easy to reach with any kind of car

    68 km

    120 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the orange pole markers, if you don't see them follow the 4x4 track which is really easy to follow.


    Short-sleeved thermal top, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    I wouldn't be too worried to drink water from the rivers. But if you're concerned it'll be necessary to bring your own.

    Should be all right all year around. Maybe lots of snow in the winter.

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