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Coasting, Otago

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Submitted by Gwilym Rivett

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands


3:30 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Set out along the beach from the Esplanade in St Clair heading North. Run the length of the beach and then up the dunes at the end crossing the sealed road to join the golf course (watch out for strangely dressed folk with sticks).

Make your way around the golf course on the cliff edge until there is an obvious path down a bluff on your right that takes you down to Tomahawk Beach. Cross the stream at the bottom and run the full length of the beach, again exiting up the dunes to the tar sealed road above.

Run up the tar sealed road for a couple of hundred metres and take the first right down towards Smaills Beach. Head down hill and take the first track on the right down through the dunes to the beach (watch out for sea lions). Run the length of this beach.

Follow a stream at the far end inland - a track emerges that brings you out onto a gravel road. Take the right hand fork past Dunedin and Haast fishing - this leads you to the signed Karetai Track, continue up hill. This track becomes a gravel road then a sealed road and takes you all the way to Highcliffe Road where you turn left towards the city with views towards Mt Cargill on your right.

Head along Highcliffe road for a couple of kilometres and take the left signed to Ocean Grove. Run down the hill to the beach where you retrace your steps to St Clair. Grab a coffee and cake from one of the cafes.

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Features of interest

Seabirds and occasionally sea lions.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 30%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 20%

Sealed Road: 30%

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Overlapping Runs

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Karetai Soldier

Karetai Soldier

Length: 11.20km


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  • Access

    Esplanade, St Clair

    Bus route 8 from city centre. Parking plentiful - watch out for bogans.

    4 km

    8 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    St Clair - not really anywhere on route.


    Don't fall off any cliffs.

  • Post run indulgence

    Starfish Cafe
    Esplanade, St Clair
    Great food and coffee.

    The Esplanade
    The Esplanade, St Clair
    Wood fired pizza.

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