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Hawea River Track, Otago

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Hawea River TrackBeginner

Submitted by Martin Trvaj

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Open farmlands


3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Cross Hawea swing bridge and follow a really well-formed track. During the first few kilometers, you will pass a few DOC signs, so make sure you chose the right direction (Lake Hawea). There is no other navigation issue. After 5km you will cross the main road, so be careful and continue until you are confronted bt the Lake Hawea Dam. The trail then takes a sharp dogleg right up the hill to a gate at the main road. No need to run into Lake Hawea township, just turn round and head back the way you came.

This place can be very windy so make sure you carry an extra layer to put on. Return back the same way.

The trail is great for beginners or someone who wants get a flattish, fast run. DO NOT USE HEADPHONES!!! There are many bikers and cyclist on this trail and they go really fast. You do not want to be hit by someone. The trail is good for a night run with torch too.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 2%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 98%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    SH6 on the way to West Coast, cross Albert Town Bridge and take first turn right (50metres) just behind the bridge. Follow the gravel road until you reach Hawea Swing Bridge.

    Enough parking spots

    8 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    During the first few kilometers, you will pass a few DOC signs, so make sure you chose the right direction (Lake Hawea).

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Bring it with you

    Could be windy.

    Other trail users (bikers, dogs....)

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