Last Updated: 27th Sep 2023


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Jack Hall's Saddle

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Isaac Walker

Last Updated: 27th Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 40 ?

Gnarl Factor: 52 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.9%


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A very easy trail to follow. Follow the Motatapu Track signs and you can't go wrong! The track goes to the right-hand side of Fern Burn Hut and continues up to the saddle. Quite a few sidles on the way but some of the most gorgeous single track as well.

Fantastic forest running near the beginning. Pass by Fern Burn Hut. Some of the best single track in the country just before and after the hut up to the saddle.

Parking is pretty safe - I haven't heard of any issues here ever. You can ride a bike from Wanaka, hitch or use your own transport.

15 km

17 minutes




Nothing really! Follow the DOC signs and the track, can't go wrong!


Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions), Gaiters

You follow the river for the majority of the way and plenty of opportunities to refill. Obviously not down where the cattle and sheep are grazing.
Water nearly always available at Fern Burn Hut too.

If wet it will be very slippery. In winter there will be snow and ice around - probably quite dangerous up the top section in bad conditions and would be unsuitable to do.

Some steep drops either side of the single track en-route.

Urban Grind
Ardmore St, Wanaka
Good coffee, beer and tapas style food.

The Big Fig
Ardmore St, Wanaka
Great homey cooked meals, good coffee.

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