Harvey Moore Whitehorse LoopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by stu houston
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushOpen farmlandsOpen ridges/tops
Beginner - Intermediate
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Park alongside Seddon Park beside the Waimate District Council building and begin running south-west along Highway 82 and straight onto Queen Street past the Criterion pub and Victoria park. Turn left onto Hodges road then right again on Highway 82 which you follow to a small car park on your right for the start of the Ngaio track. Now you are on a nice grass single track that climbs steeply up onto the ridge of the Whitehorse Hill. The climb zig-zags through native bush until the open exposed ridge. At the junction on the ridge turn right (north) and follow the ridge along to the Whitehorse Monument here you will find awesome views of the Hunter Hills and the coastline from Timaru in the north to Oamaru in the south as well as Waimate town below. From the Whitehorse carry on north onto the Whitehorse walkway and this drops you down to Point Bush road. Follow this down to its junction with Mill Road, turn right and follow Mill road back to the main street and your car.
Harvey Moore was a much loved Waimate identity who sadly passed away in 2017, this fabulous run takes in some highlights of his much loved community.
Features of interest
Historic white horse monument on hillside above Waimate, a tribute to the Clydesdale horses used to open the land to farming in the 18th century - also a pine tree grown from a seed taken from the Gallipoli Peninsula. Stunning views of Waimate town and the South Canterbury foothills and coastal downs.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 22%
Easy Single Track: 33%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%
Sealed Road: 30%
Park in the centre of town on the main street by Seddon park.
Plenty of parking beside the park on the street.
Take the map provided but this trail is relatively easy to find.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
Take water with you there are some small streams, but I probably wouldn't drink from them.
The ridge is very exposed, I was there during a windy cold southerly and wind-chill was around -10C. Track can be bit muddy after rain.
Low cloud can make navigation difficult up on the ridge, use gps on phone if whiteout to stay on track as there are mtb trails and old forestry roads that you want to avoid.
Post run indulgence
top of point bush road
awesome views over Waimate
Butler berry farm and cafe
State Highway 1 north of Waimate
Place to go apparently
Cafe on Queen
Waimate Queen street
Recommended by Natalie and believe me she knows !!
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