Last Updated: 13th Oct 2023


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Bluff Hill Loops

Bluff, Southland

Submitted by Paul Wieland

Last Updated: 13th Oct 2023


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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 17 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open tussock/grasslands


Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.9%


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Estimated Times to Run







Detailed map at Stirling Point. The distance quoted is running every track / part of track once in each direction: Start at Stirling Point - out Foveaux Walkway to lookout point - up Millenium Track to Bluff Hill summit for the first time - down Topuni Track - right onto Glory Track - left into Foveaux Walkway back to Stirling Point - up Topuni Track to summit for the second time - down Millenium Track - left onto Foveaux Walkway - left onto Glory Track - right down Topuni Track back to Stirling Point.

This trail includes the peak The Bluff/Motupohue.

Island of native bush at the end of the highway, old extinct volcano, ruins of WWII installations, In winter you may spot Southern Right Whales from the coastal lookout

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Tar sealed car park, often crowded at weekends

2 km

3 minutes




None, everything is well signposted


Waterproof leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Only at Stirling Point, none en route

Exposed to cold winds along coastal track to lookout and up the hill from there, rest in bush; parts can be slippery after rain or when frosty

None. Just a fun way to spend a few hours

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Trail Reviews

Trail is really well maintained, great views and a good mix of flat and hills. Quite a few stairs on both sides which I'm not a huge fan of but more than makes up for it. The Glory Track section has to be my favorite part.

Tim Morton

December 7, 2020

Great warm up around the coast before the grunt up (love the stair section)! The best views of Rakiura on a clear day from the top. The Glory track helps to keep the heart rate up 👌

Aaron Campbell

November 17, 2020

Ran this as a 10km by just doing two climbs, and you could do a 7km by just doing the outer loop. The bush and being by the sea is epic, this run has 100% got to be done when visiting the area. Get amongst it.

Kevin Grimwood

July 2, 2020

Great variety of gradients leading to impressive views. Runnable even when damp or windy out as plenty of natural shelter from the elements.

Bryan Stout

March 10, 2020

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