Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community

Login



don't have an account?

Cheap Seats Marathon, Otago

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

Cheap Seats MarathonIntermediate

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information

45.76km

565m

565m

 

Otago

Lake Hawea

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Riverside
Lakeside
Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Other

Intermediate

7:30 (Slow)
5:30 (Moderate)
3:30 (Fast)

-2.5%

+2.5%

Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.

Men

There are currently no male FKTs for Cheap Seats Marathon.

Women

There are currently no female FKTs for Cheap Seats Marathon.

Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now

Description

The Cheap Seats marathon loops Albert Town, Hāwea, and Luggate in just over a marathon distance. A classic tour of the Upper Clutha/Hāwea area.

Start at the Albert Town campsite and Hāwea swing bridge. The 45km loop links up with the following segments:

Hāwea river track (14 km): The DOC track follows Hāwea river from Albert Town campsite to Lake Hāwea Gladstone track. A DOC track takes you along the Hāwea lakefront (one small ford can occur along the beach be aware of this).

Timaru Creek Road dirt/gravel links Lake Hāwea to Hāwea Flat (look out for a few fords). Turn left down Hāwea back road after about 7km, veer left onto Kane road.

Kane Road links Hāwea Flat to Luggate (take caution on the open road). Towards the end of Kane Road, veer right off the road and onto Newcastle track (12 km): The DOC track along Upper Clutha river from Luggate to Albert Town Can be done nearly year-round.

Finally, run back over the Hāwea swing bridge to finish your run. All of this is also possible by bike.


Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

The Hāwea wave flat white water park.


Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 70%

Gravel Road: 15%

Sealed Road: 15%


Route Data

Reviews:

You must register or login to view this content.


Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Upper Clutha River Loop

Upper Clutha River Loop

Length: 29.50km

Hawea River Track

Hawea River Track

Length: 20.90km


Photos:

You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    Albert Town campsite / Hāwea swing bridge. Alternatively the track could be started anywhere along the loop, such as Hāwea lakefront, Johns Creek, Newcastle trailhead off Kane Road, etc.

    Park near the Hāwea swing bridge at Albert Town campsite.

    0 km

    0 minutes

    No

    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    If you don't know the area, you might want to check the map on the Hāwea back road, and where the turnoff is from Kane Rd to the Newcastle track. Other than that, you're mostly on DOC tracks that are signposted.

    Generally good.

    Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Cellphone.

    Although you follow rivers and a lake nearly the whole way, there aren't convenient places to fill with potable water. Either bring your own, or veer a bit off course to fill up at a cafe in Hāwea or Luggate.

    A few fords in the Hāwea back road/John Creek area can be high after storms. Newcastle track can be prone to mud and frost.

    There is about 7kms on Kane Road, which does not have a footpath, cars are traveling at 100 kmph. There is a shoulder most of the way, but take your earphones out and be very cautious.

  • Blog Posts and Articles
  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:

    Submit

Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register