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Timaru High River Track, Otago

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Timaru High River TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

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Lake Hawea

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

3 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%

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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

Dingle & Corner

Dingle & Corner

Length: 28.50km

Timaru Creek Loop

Timaru Creek Loop

Length: 12.50km


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  • Access

    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.

    6 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    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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