Submitted by Thomas Dames
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, small hills only
Open farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslands
Dogs NOT permitted
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This route is part of the Further Faster Beginners Collection
The walkway follows the rim of the gorge through spectacular geological areas, showing lava flows of rhyolite, pitchstone and andesite. It then descends into a gully under a canopy of montane forest and shrub, to the site of the Snowdon coal mines. The entrances to several coal mine tunnels can be seen here, and the remains of equipment used for extraction. The track then climbs out of the creek to a signposted junction. The walkway forms a loop from this point, with the right-hand track climbing across tussock-covered terraces directly to the lookout point. The track then passes through the bush to loop back to the junction.
Features of interest
Historic coal mines
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 70%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%
Follow the signs to the Rakaia Gorge walking track on the eastern side of the Rakaia Gorge bridge.
Parking at the start of the track
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Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.
After 10-15 mins water can be gathered at the boat landing site
Pretty muddy in winter, ground will most likely be frozen in shady parts
Post run indulgence
The Butcher's Pie Hororata Cafe & Bar
2 Hobbs St, Hororata 7572
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