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Omaui Reserve, Southland

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Omaui ReserveBeginner

Submitted by Mike Tennent

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops


0:40 (Slow)
0:30 (Moderate)
0:20 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 0%

Easy Single Track: 100%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Heading from Invercargill towards Bluff turn right into Omaui Road and follow that road all the way to the small settlement of Omaui. Go right through the housed area and you will come to the Reserve.

    A reasonable amount of parking.

    16 km

    16 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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