Wairau Lagoons Loop v2Beginner
Submitted by Philip Taylor
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Front country - easily accessible
Plantation/exotic forestBeachCoastalRiversideLakesideOpen farmlandsOpen tussock/grasslands
If you want hills, forget about it. If you want flat and fast then ask yourself why the rush! Here's a beautiful run for the seasoned trail runner to remember why they got into trail running in the first place and for the complete novice to enjoy.
Start out at the car park for Kotuku Trail, take a look at the sign to give you a heads up and follow the blue and white arrow signs through trees, across farmland, along the river, past lagoons and enjoy the prolific birdlife. Navigation is simple and the terrain is non-technical. Pick a sunny blue skies day and enjoy yourself.
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Features of interest
A bird watcher's paradise. Lots of wetland shore birds and a shipwreck
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 40%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%
Gravel Road: 19%
Sealed Road: 1%
Head South out of Blenheim on SH1, look out for a left turn onto Hardings Road just after Mt Riley Wines. Take this road almost to the end looking for a small car park on the left-hand side sign posted for Kotuku Trail.
For the first 4.5km of this track you follow blue signs with white arrows. After this distance it converts to orange triangles. Marked and signposted all the way around.
Windproof jacket, Cellphone.
No water en-route. Will need to take what you need with you.
Very open and expansive and flat part of the country making it exposed for windy and sunny days.
The loop will be exposed to strong winds and strong sun so check the forecast in advance
Post run indulgence
Fantastic food. French Toast highly recommended.
Wild Bean cafe of course
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