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Waipori Falls Government Track, Otago

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Waipori Falls Government TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Info Info

Trail Information

24.00km

910m

910m

 

Otago

Mosgiel

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

4:00 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)

-12.0%

+12.0%

The short trail from the picnic area at Waipori Falls Hydro Power Station to Crystal Falls is currently closed due to earthquake risk (June 2020)

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Description

The route follows the Government Track, which was the original “road” from Berwick through to the Waipori gold fields. Over 20 men were employed during the 1860’s to form this publicly-funded work, which was never much more than a bridle track unsuitable for wheeled traffic. When completed, it provided a cheaper alternative route to bring in supplies (horse drawn) from Dunedin, which previously had to be carted round via Lawrence (excerpt from Taieri Recreational Tramping Club).

The track is signposted on the main road, and then is very easy to follow from there on. It winds its away up through the bush and gullies for about 8.5km, then comes out on to the plateau. If you don't fancy running down to (and back out of) Waipori Falls then this is a good spot to turn around. From the top end, take a left on the road and follow the power line track down into Waipori Falls. The track ultimately pops out at the picnic area there and then you can jaunt up to Crystal Falls while your down there. It is then a trudge back up the hill and back to whence you've come from.


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Features of interest

Waterfall, Native Bush


Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 5%

Easy Single Track: 74%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Sealed Road: 1%


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  • Access

    The starting location is just about 100m further down the road from the start of the track, it is a narrow road and this is a small area where you can park.

    A bit of parking, quite secluded, but not a spot well frequented. I'd hide or take valuables.

    30 km

    28 minutes

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    No

  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

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    On your way down to Waipori Falls, there is a little fork in the track (near some Dalek-looking power equipment on your right), keep going straight through which then turns in to a narrower bush trail.

    Non-existent.

    Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Lots of wee creeks.

    Windy up on top, maybe some snow if you're lucky, but it is mostly sheltered and should be fine (but muddy) to run all year round.

    Fallen trees on track can make footing dodgy at times.

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