Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Heyward Point

Aramoana, Otago

Submitted by Malcolm Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 12

Gnarl Factor: 31

6.2km

475m

475m

185m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Coastal

Run Makeup

75%
25%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.0%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

1:20

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:40

Fast

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.

Fantastic coastal views

Limited parking (space for 2-3 cars) on the side of the road by track start. Not hard to find somewhere nearby otherwise.

0 km

1 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

Very patchy.

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

Union Co Cafe
2 George St, Port Chalmers
Great coffee, great food incl. some wonderful home baking.

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Daniel Parkinson

Daniel Parkinson

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