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Welcome Rock - Roaring Lion Trail, Southland

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Welcome Rock - Roaring Lion TrailIntermediate

Submitted by Gary Ludlow

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Back country - remote


Undulating, small hills only

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


6:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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Can be run either in clockwise or anti. 21kms of singletrack, with 6kms of gravel road.
All on top and around tussock hill tops on a clearly marked route.
Runners must contact owners in advance as payment is required to run, cycle or hike the route.
Huts available.
Clean creek drinking water along the way.
Trail exposed to the weather, limited shade or shelter.

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Features of interest

Old mine workings, private huts, old water race.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 75%

Gravel Road: 25%

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  • Access

    From Garston Ski Hut, located on the Nevis Road, turn off from main highway.
    3 gates to open/close along the way, access road is gravel single lane with passing points.

    Park at the ski hut.

    9 km

    15 minutes


    Name: Tom at Welcome Rock
    Telephone: 027 406 7334

  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Track well worn and limited chances to venture off.
    Tom the owner would probably brief do's/don'ts on new trail users.


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

    Water available from the private huts, and clean creeks along the 2nd half if running anti-clockwise.

    Exposed hill top running, limited shade or shelter apart from huts.
    Winter may be an issue due to road being closed or snow on tops.

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