Last Updated: 13th Oct 2023

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Timaru High River Track

Lake Hawea, Otago

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

Last Updated: 13th Oct 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 25 ?

Gnarl Factor: 34 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +31.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -31.3%


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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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Timaru Creek carpark down the gravel road on the east side of Lake Hāwea.

6 km

17 minutes





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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