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Silver Island , Otago

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Silver Island Beginner

Submitted by Martin Trvaj

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Lake Hawea

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Open farmlands


2:45 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

View of the Lake, rarely visited spot.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 0%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 90%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Take Cemetery Road in Lake Hawea village, then Gladstone Rd and follow this gravel road for approx. 18km along the side of Lake Hawea. There is the carpark with toilet. Vehicles are not allowed to continue behind this point.

    Carpark with toilet and map.

    20 km

    40 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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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