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Jack Hall's Saddle, Otago

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Jack Hall's SaddleIntermediate

Submitted by Isaac Walker

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


5:00 (Slow)
3:45 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



Can be very slippery after rain - especially towards the saddle.

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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 30%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Fern Burn Hut

Fern Burn Hut

Length: 14.00km

Motatapu Track - Full Monty

Motatapu Track - Full Monty

Length: 50.00km


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  • Access

    Follow Motatapu Track Signs - park in carpark prior to river crossing.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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.

  • Post run indulgence

    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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