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Karetai, Highcliff, Paradise and Greenacres, Otago

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Karetai, Highcliff, Paradise and GreenacresIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands


2:20 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)



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Head off from the starting location at Tomahawk Beach, follow the road until you reach the end just after Tautuku Fishing Club. Head up the 4WD track and on to Karetai Rd. Take the first right and head to the start of the Highcliff track. Follow the orange markers through some nice single track down until you get to the bottom and reach the junction of Paradise track. Head up Paradise, to Highcliff Rd, take a right and follow it until you come to the sign on your left for Greenacres track. Head down here and keep following it until you reach the harbour at Macacdrew Bay.

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Features of interest

Great views out to sea. Cliff top views.
Great panoramic views for most of track!

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 8%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 12%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 16%

Gravel Road: 20%

Sealed Road: 24%

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  • Access

    Carpark at Tomohawk Beach Reserve, which is just off Tomahawk Rd

    Plenty of parking at starting location, off street.

    5 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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

    Pretty straightforward, keen an eye out for orange poles during section on track.


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

    As far as I am aware there are no areas to fill up with fresh water.

    Coastal weather which is quite variable.

    Some of the downhill section could be very slippery after rain - grass and gradient combo.

  • Post run indulgence

    Cadbury Cafe
    280 Cumberland St, Dunedin
    Cadbury... need I say more. Delicious array of hot drinks.

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