Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Omaui Reserve

Bluff, Southland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 18 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest



Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.5%


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Easy navigation here, just follow the well formed (and reasonably new) trail. There are a few intersections going up, just keep right at each one.

(When coming down go right at each one and you will add a couple of wee loops to the out and back.)

Near the top there is a sign pointing to Summit... ignore that and carry on the main trail towards the Lookouts. At the top you follow the fenceline left for about 100m for the views of Stewart Island. Once you have taken the great views in, head back, remembering to head right at each intersection.

Lovely views of Stewart Island (on a clear day), Invercargill, Tiwai Point Smelter.... and lots of other gems.

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A reasonable amount of parking.

16 km

16 minutes




Very patchy.

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

One small stream part of the way up

A lot of love has gone into this trail - and is still ongoing, it will be a great all weather track.

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Trail Reviews

Lovely run and amazing views. Should've brought a packed lunch for the picnic tables at the top!

Anthony Sowerby

February 13, 2023

Stunning little bush track.

Richele McKenzie

December 29, 2021

No sign of Rakiura today in the driving rain. Forest provided amazing shelter from the elements. Keen to revisit on a clear sunny day.

John OConnell

December 12, 2020

Perfect day for an Omaui run! I was surprised that there was no one else there - its a great wee track to prep for Luxmore/Kepler. Stunning views. Finished with a play along the beach

Marcia Ferguson

September 22, 2019

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