Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Silver Island

Lake Hawea, Otago

Submitted by Martin Trvaj

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only


Open farmlands


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.5%


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Estimated Times to Run







After leaving your car or bike on the very last carpark just easy follow the gravel road along the Lake Hawea. After about 2 km the road becomes very exposed with an amazing view of the lake. After another couple of kms you will get a great view of Silver Island. Continue another 4 km until the gate with DOC sign pointing left. That leads on to the beach with toilet and nice picnic spots. Now you can continue further through the single track to DIngle Burn camp or even further or go back.

View of the Lake, rarely visited spot.

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Carpark with toilet and map.

20 km

40 minutes




Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

Take water with you. There are cows and sheeps everywhere.

This is very exposed to winds any time of the year.

Do not attempt after heavy rain. Rockfalls or landslides can occur.

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Trail Reviews

To quote Adam’s photo, ‘character building country’.

Aaron Hosking

March 21, 2021

Easy 4wd track all the way with amazing scenery

Adam Clifford

March 20, 2021

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