Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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The Tautuku Tiptoe

Balclutha, Otago

Submitted by Simeon Whyle

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 80 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.1%


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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.

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.

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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




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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