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Hawea Gladstone Jaunt, Otago

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Hawea Gladstone JauntBeginner

Submitted by Zeinab Chegini

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Lake Hawea

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands


1:20 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



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Start from the toilets at Johns Creek and follow the gravel track to the west (Gladstone Track). Lake Hawea should be on your right side throughout the way.

The track follows open farmland and small patches of native bush along the lakeside. You will cross a few roads during the last two kilometres which are trafficked so watch out for any vehicles.

At around the 6km mark you will reach Scott's Beach which also has toilet facilities. The track ends at Hawea Dam.

From here you can either follow the highway to the left and continue on to the Hawea River Track, turn around and return to Johns Creek, or walk a few hundred metres to Hawea Store and Kitchen for a feed.

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Features of interest

The track runs beside Lake Hawea and provides good views of the lake.

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Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    This trail runs from Johns Creek which is a small settlement on the lakeside.

    The start of the track is about a 10 minute drive from lake Hawea. The last 500m of the road is gravel. You can park at Johns Creek.

    13 km

    30 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    The track is clearly marked and well maintained. Make sure the lake is on your right and it will be almost impossible to go off-route.

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There are no water stations along this track.

    Being next to the lake and on farmland, the track can be exposed to the wind and sun. Make sure you take the elements into account before you head off.

    There are some steep crumbling cliffs midway through the track which are fenced off and have with hazard signs on them. Be careful to stay well away from these especially when visibility is poor.

  • Post run indulgence

    Hawea Store and Kitchen
    33 Capell Avenue, Lake Hāwea
    Good fish and chips, huge portions

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