Last Updated: 23rd Jan 2024

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Red Tarns & Governors

Red Tarns Track, Governors Track

Mt Cook Village, Canterbury

Submitted by David Haunschmidt

Last Updated: 23rd Jan 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 11 ?

Gnarl Factor: 34 ?

4.4km

475m

460m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

10%
75%
15%

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +21.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -21.2%

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:35

Fast

Start from the public shelter on Bowen Drive, in Aoraki/Mount Cook Village. Follow the DOC signs for Governor's loop track which takes you up through forest and down to the trail junction with Red Tarns track.

Take a right and cross the bridge to ascend to Red Tarns. At the top there is a short loop of the red Tarns lakes with some info signs.

Descend the way you came and continue straight at the junction with Governor's to take you back to the Shelter where you started.

Views of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the surrounding mountains. Enjoyable single track through forest.

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Free parking at the shelter.

0 km

4 minutes

No

No

Easy.

Both are well marked DOC routes with signage. If in doubt, also present on map/devices.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Cellphone, Map

Water available at the start/end at the DOC shelter. Follow their advice on suitability for drinking.

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre
Mt Cook Village
Excellent cafe with reasonably priced food and good views :)

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David Haunschmidt

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