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Ben Ohau Loop, Canterbury

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Ben Ohau LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Jake Trinder

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Back country - remote



Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:30 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Starting from Greta Hut, follow the gravel road back towards Twizel for 600 metres. Take a left into the car park for the Ben Ohau Summit. Follow the well marked track, through the switchbacks to the summit of Ben Ohau. Continue past the summit until you reach a junction at around 9.5km. Take the left, downhill trail. Follow this trail all the way down back to the lake and Greta Hut.

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Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 45%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%

Gravel Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Start is at Greta Lodge on the shore of Lake Ohau.

    Plenty of off road parking around the front of the hut. No public transport as remote start point.

    26 km

    34 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make sure at the 9.5km mark you take the left, downhill turn. This turn takes you down Greta Stream which lead back to Greta Hut.

    Very patchy.

    Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    Only points for water are rain water at the hut and a few fresh streams to drink from after the 11 km mark.

    Will be covered in snow during winter. Some sections of the track are very exposed and the wind can be very strong. Track down Greta stream can be very boggy and wet after rain.

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    MOW Bar
    Good Pub food; wings, burgers, craft beers etc.

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