Last Updated: 11th Mar 2024


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Grandview Mountain

Lake Hawea, Otago

Submitted by Malcolm Law

Last Updated: 11th Mar 2024


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Grunt Factor: 26 ?

Gnarl Factor: 23 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.6%


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Starting from the DOC car park at the end of Nook Road, cross the stile and follow the poles to join the fray track. There's several shallow stream crossings in the first couple of kms, but stepping stones keep your feet dry in normal flow conditions.
After a gentle uphill start the gradient picks up after about 1.5km but is well graded other than a couple of short, steeper sections.
After about 4.5 kms you come to a gate and stile and beyond the trail turns to lovely single track, heading uphill for another 2 kms to another stile and gate.
Follow the poles up a short section of rough track to reach another farm road, turn left and continue uphill for just short of a km. At around 1280m altitude leave the farm track, jump the fence to your right and pick a line through the tussock and herb field to climb the western side of Grandview Mountain. It's fairly steep and involves a little bit of easy scrambling but makes for a fun final ascent.
Once at the trig and you've got the obligatory photo, follow the poled route off the eastern side of the peak to rejoin the farm track a bit higher up than where you left it. Turn left and enjoy 8.5 kms of virtually unbroken downhill retracing your steps back the way you came.

This trail includes the peak Grandview Mountain.

Awe-inspiring country with great views

Plenty of safe parking and a toilet too.

6 km

10 minutes




The only tricky bit might be picking the right spot to leave the track for the final part of the ascent. If unsure you can always carry on up the farm track for another few hundred metres and pick up the marked route to approach the summit from the far side. This is easier (but less interesting) and adds about 1 km to the run.


Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

No totally safe drinking water on the route - I'd advise carrying all that you think you'll need, which in summer is probably a minimum of 1.5L

The top section is exposed and can be cold and windy at any time of year, so go prepared. In winter there can be deep snow, so gaiters and micro-spikes would be advisable.

Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather and only attempt the final ascent to the summit described above if you're reasonably confident on steep, broken ground. In poor visibility this option wouldn't be recommended unless you have good navigational skills.

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Brook van Reenen

Brook van Reenen

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Trail Reviews

Such a runnable route both uphill and down! Great views, and lots of farm track, both as expected. Great day out :)

Matt Halverson

June 3, 2023

Straightforward run. Possible to run the whole way but the up can be step in places. A fantastic hurtle back down the mountain. Great trail for running full pace back down. I couple river crossings but you can step over the rocks to keep feet dry 👣

Ben Walker

January 4, 2023

I'm sure there is valid reason, but the 4WD sections are now more like roads. Prepare yourself for some surreally grey and solid ground. Hoping nature will soften the landscape up again eventually. Thankfully the views haven't been bulldozed.
Still a nice reliable 1000m that's accessible enough throughout winter.

Jemma Line

August 10, 2021

Name says it all

Adam Clifford

May 22, 2021

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