Tautuku Tiki TourBeginner
Submitted by Kieran Philip
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Front country - easily accessible
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.
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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%
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.
Only tricky spot is finding the access track to the bush. Keep an eye out for the path through the sand bank/dunes.
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
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!
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