Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Maukaatua Track Out and Back

Mosgiel, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 22 ?

Gnarl Factor: 77 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +19.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -19.1%


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The run starts at Woodside Glen when you head up the Woodside Glen track and follow Lee Stream. The first wee bit is a well formed track. You cross the the stream and then start heading up the hill, it then becomes a poled route/arrows on trees, but the track is pretty easy to follow. Once you hit the bushline you then follow the poles up through the tussocks.

You can continue heading as far as you like, right up to Maungatua, but it is pretty hard to get a good run going - hence the shorter track. Once you get to the last decent outcrop before it heads up a gently sloping ridge it is a good photo spot. This is where you can turn back and follow your footsteps back the way you came to the car.

Great views over the Taieri Plains, as well as some lovely native bush.

There is parking located in the Glen, which is pretty secluded, so make sure you hide valuables. The Glen has a locked gate at night, so beware of the times if you don't want to get locked in!

16 km

16 minutes




Poled route can be hard to spot in tussocks, no defined track.


Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Lee Stream near start of the track.

Can be exposed above the bush line and warm gears would be needed.

No defined trail in tussocks, watch the footing.

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Trail Reviews

First km to Lee stream lovely to run however after that would class it more walking material. Once above bushline stunning views but unable to run (or even walk quickly due to density of large tussock/shrub cover ) good training for steep and pole route finding challenge☺

Monica Aarsen

March 18, 2018

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