Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Caped Crusader

Oamaru, Otago

Submitted by Renee Ferguson

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 4 ?

Gnarl Factor: 18 ?








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Type of Run



Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.2%


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This is an off-leash area that is shared with walkers and mountain bikers. There are many other track options created by the local multisport club, the track is easy to follow, mostly hard packed dirt. Follow the main route up to the gun emplacement and then head down and left to the stairs and down to the beach (on this route I turned around at the beach to head back), then head back up the track and towards the emplacement again, take a left up the trail about 20m before the emplacement and head up the hill. There are many trails up there but they all meet back up to the main track, follow this back to the carpark. It is quite up and down so makes for a great short run or do loops to create a longer one.

There are lookout points and gun emplacements, seals on the beach, blue penguins also come in on the beach

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A large carpark is easily accessible or you could run up from the camping ground at the harbour

2 km

6 minutes




There are plenty of twists and turns but they all meet the main trail again, and the carpark is also visible for a lot of the run

Perfect throughout.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is a tap at the exit of the carpark that is hidden in a concrete formation, not sure if it is safe for drinking but people fill dog bowls there

Can get slippery after rain as it is a clay base, also being exposed on the coast it can get very cold

Seals - be careful on the beach, also be aware of the penguins coming in during the hours leading up to dusk or heading out at dawn

Tees st cafe
Cnr of Tees st and Itchen st
Excellent everything! Options for everyone, GF, V, Meateaters

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Trail Reviews

Great little run. Definately not easy with a few grunty hills but nice variety of running surfaces, amazing views and a neat secluded beach.

Kirstine Collins

April 23, 2021

Harder than it looks with some steep sections. Stunning coastline and agree popping down to the beach is a must.

John Boylan

April 11, 2021

Great views over Oamaru coastline and surrounding hills. Well formed walking track with lots of off shoots so pays to have GPX file on a watch. Lots of sea birds preening themselves on ledge near the trail.

John OConnell

December 11, 2020

Nice one! The side track to second beach is a must

Tony Sharpe

October 27, 2018

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