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Maukaatua Track Out and Back, Otago

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Maukaatua Track Out and BackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 50%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 20%

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  • Access

    Woodside Glen is located at the end of Ravensburn St in Woodside, it is well signposted from Outram.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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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