Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community


don't have an account?

Tautuku Tiki Tour, Otago

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

Tautuku Tiki TourBeginner

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information







Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Native bush


1:25 (Slow)
1:05 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.



Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now


Starting at the car park, head all the way along the beach until you reach the estuary. Turn around and head back. On the way back (after about 3km along beach) on the left in the dunes a track heads up in to the bush. Head up there and follow to the main road, head along the main road for just over half a kilometer and you will come to the Lake Wilkie track. This is just a quick wee loop track down to a lake in the middle of the bush. Once that is completed, make your way leisurely back to the car park via the track and beach again.

Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

Run along Tautuku Beach.
Nice native bush track.
Lake and boardwalk in bush.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 60%

Easy Single Track: 35%

Sealed Road: 5%

Route Data


You must register or login to view this content.


You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    The start is located at the end Tautuku Beach Rd, just off of the main Chaslands Highway road. Can be easy to pass, at the turn off their is a DOC sign showing Tautuku Bay Scenic Reserve.

    Plenty of parking here, it is a common spot for people to freedom camp, so often other vehicles around.

    60 km

    54 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Only tricky spot is finding the access track to the bush. Keep an eye out for the path through the sand bank/dunes.

    Very patchy.

    Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Heaps of sea water, but no drinking water around.

    Coastal, so likely to be wet and windy.

    Overhanging tree on bush track to be aware of, vehicles on sealed road.

  • Post run indulgence

    Whistling Frog
    Rewcastle Road, The Catlins
    Best coffee around, easiest to find as well. Head up the road a bit and explore McLean Falls while you are at it!

  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:


Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register