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Frankton to Morven Hill Return, Otago

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Frankton to Morven Hill ReturnBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Matthew Pester

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only


Beginner - Intermediate

5:00 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



Twin Rivers Trail, starting at Frankton.

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The track is very easy to follow and is suitable for bikes and feet. From the preschool you will see the start of the track at the wooden fence labelled Twin Rivers Trail. From there you follow it around the Kawarau river to the gravel area. Keep following the main trail (you cant miss it, it is about 4m wide). Run under the Shotover river bridge alongside the Shotover river now. There is a short 100m steep section, when you get to the top go around the toilets heading forward still and down over the old Shotover bridge. Hang a right looking for the Twin Rivers Trail markers that you have been seeing along the trail.

Back under the main Shotover bridge and up again along through a small sealed section. Down the hill to the trail again. In about a km you will be back alongside the Kawarau river runnnning under a heap of willow trees. You will run past the river side of Shotover Country and Lake Hayes and carry on until you get to the cattle grate for the bottom of Morven Hill (distance from where you meet back up to the Kawarau river and Morevn Hill is approx 7km). From there turn around and come on back!

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Features of interest

Beautiful side river trail. Lots of friendly faces. Can be exposed so slip slop slap.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 95%

Sealed Road: 5%

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  • Access

    Turn left off SH6 80m before the Kawarau bridge heading south. Turn right at T-intersection. Turn right down Robertson street at the sweeping left corner at the end of the straight. Run start is on the left 60m down the road to the dead end (there is a pre-school that the track starts beside)

    Heaps of road side parking

    8 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Minimal water along the way. I carried 2L in a bladder and I used most of it over 2.5 hours. The reason for this is that the lake (Whakatipu) can have elevated levels of e-coli during summer. Even though the rivers a high flow, there is still a chance of contamination.

    Good all year round!

  • Post run indulgence

    Odelay - for a coffee!
    Frankton near Repco, opposite New World supermarket
    Great coffee

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