Submitted by Malcolm Law
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Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestCoastal
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The trail starts with a sharp uphill that quickly reveals great views over the harbour mouth and the Taiaroa Heads (home to the albatrosses) beyond. This can be quite greasy after rain so take care.
It's then a case of following the marker poles as the track follows parallel to the coast just back from the cliff edge - more great views out over the coast and beyond.
After a while the track crosses a stile and drops into regenerated bush. Head downhill and emerge back into the open through a small gate. At this point the trail may be a bit vague (especially in spring/summer when the grass grows tall!) but essentially you just point your nose downhill and head for the light signal that eventually comes into view on the cliff top. Take a few moments to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery & see if you can spot any seals or other interesting wildlife, then re-trace your steps back to the start.
Features of interest
Fantastic coastal views
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 25%
Easy Single Track: 75%
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The track starts on the left hand side of the road just before you enter Aramoana township from the Dunedin side.
Limited parking (space for 2-3 cars) on the side of the road by track start. Not hard to find somewhere nearby otherwise.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
None - bring your own
Can be a bit muddy/slippery after rain.
Take care when track is wet, particularly on the firs/last section when sidling across the headland
Post run indulgence
Union Co Cafe
2 George St, Port Chalmers
Great coffee, great food incl. some wonderful home baking.
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