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This is a DOC administered track across private property. Please obey all the signs and stay on the track. No dogs.
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Beginning at the “concentrator “ which looks just like a landed UFO, trot along the road 1km to the track start. This is well sign posted and has a pedestrian access gate. From there it’s a simple matter of following the wide single track up and up and up some more until it tops out at the mine workings. Wander about the exhibits, find the mine entrance and when you’ve had enough of the views head down exactly the same way.
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Features of interest
This is all that’s left of the Invincible Mine. Fabulous and absolutely unique gold mining relics from the 1880s including a set of 7 burdans not to mention the concentrator at the parking area... plus native alpine beech forest, loads of native birds, stunning views of the Rees River valley and Mt Earnslaw and its glacier. 325oz of gold were recovered from the very first stamping...
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 70%
Gravel Road: 30%
The starting point is the “Concentrator” some 24 km from Glenorchy on the Rees Valley Rd. This is 1km beyond the start of the track itself and is well marked with DOC signage.
There are no public transport options beyond Glenorchy. The Rees Valley Rd is gravel and becomes quite narrow. There are two quite easy fords but be extra careful if it’s rained much recently. There is room for a couple cars at the track start itself but much more off road parking at the “concentrator” 1km further on. That way you get a 1km warmup and get to see the “concentrator”.
Follow the clear trail and all will be well.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).
The ford very near the track start was very refreshing, otherwise there is no water on the track.
Typical Otago high country, hot in summer, icy in winter and subject to change very quickly this close to the main divide.
Watch out for vehicles on the 1km stretch of road, there’s plenty of grass at the road edge to move onto.
Post run indulgence
Mrs Woolly’s General Store
Coffee! Great cakes including gluten and dairy free. Fairlie pies... Free chilled and filtered water, good loos.
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