Timaru High River TrackBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
Beginner - Intermediate
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This track is great for a short out & back when you don't want to get your feet wet / when the river is running too high.
The Timaru River valley is green and lush in a way that it feels like you're not in Central Otago anymore. Most of the track is a well-formed farm track, though at times it's a poled single track, and there are a few places where there have been rock falls/landslides that you can scramble over without difficulty. Just pass the turn-off to Corner Peak and you're on your way. The track is mostly undulating until the last kilometer, when you drop steeply down to Deer Spur Creek. This route finishes at Junction Hut, which is a sandfly fest but technically provides shelter if needed.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 30%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%
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
Park at the Timaru Creek carpark, then cross the bridge and you'll soon see a sign on the right for the start of the high river trail. This is also the start of the Corner Peak track.
Timaru Creek carpark down the gravel road on the east side of Lake Hāwea.
Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
A few streams cross the track, and you could fill up at Deer Spur Creek at the turnaround point.
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