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The Tautuku Tiptoe, Otago

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The Tautuku TiptoeBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Simeon Whyle

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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This is a surprisingly technical run, so you’ll need to stay focused as you dart through the bush, through boggy patches and over roots. Plenty of tiptoeing is required!

Start at the McLean Falls car park and head down the track towards the falls (the sign directing you to the Tautuku hut is a few corners into the McLean Falls track). Head left at the Tautuku Hut sign and make your way into the bush. The lungs and legs only get a short warm up before you’re straight into the main climb up to the ridge.

Once on the ridge it is fun running as the very well marked track winds it’s way along. Watch for boggy spots that will try to steal your shoes and simply enjoy the beautiful native trees and bird life. About half way along brush your hand through the male rimu hanging over the track for good luck! In no time you’ll be heading downhill towards the hut.

Enjoy a quick poke around the hut before returning the way you came and back to the car park.

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Features of interest

You are running out to the recently upgraded Tautuku hut which is situated in a lovely clearing near the Tautuku River. You may well spot some deer (even a stag if you’re lucky) and you’ll see and plenty of native birds too.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 98%

Easy Single Track: 2%

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  • Access

    Park up at the car park at the start of the McLean Falls track. This is also the start point for this run. There are toilets here and water.

    There is plenty of room for parking here and is safe. Due to the McLean Falls track starting here too, there are cars coming and going during the day.

    72 km

    67 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Just follow the orange markers and you’ll be right. It is well marked.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    There is water at the car park at the start and end of the track. There is also water at the Tautuku River just down from the Tautuku Hut.

    Can be very muddy after rain.

    Tree routes and boggy sections

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