Last Updated: 9th Mar 2024

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Hawea River Track

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Martin Trvaj

Last Updated: 9th Mar 2024

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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 2 ?

20.9km

175m

175m

350m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Riverside

Open farmlands

Run Makeup

98%
2%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.4%

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Estimated Times to Run

3:00

Slow

2:15

Moderate

1:30

Fast

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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Enough parking spots

8 km

9 minutes

Yes

No

Easy.

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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Lorna Hill

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Trail Reviews

Nice easy to follow trail, great views

Adam Clifford

November 10, 2022

Nice river run, hard to get lost. A bit flat for me to be honest but nice turn around point at hawea

Rachel Bridgewater

June 9, 2020

A good leg stretch if you like flatter runs - I don't, but the riverside trail is nice and the views roundabouts fantastic.

Malcolm Law

August 8, 2019

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