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Forest Hill Double Crossing, Southland

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Forest Hill Double CrossingBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Bryan Stout

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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Start at gate at edge of bush beyond carpark (follow gravel path), Follow well formed bush track which mainly climbs for approx 5km to a small clearing where the track splits. Take left branch to begin 800m descent to a gate at the bush edge of another carpark (accessed from Forest Hill Crossing Road) before turning around and retracing your steps to where you started.

Optional loop track can be added on outward leg, or on return (or both)

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Features of interest

Optional extra loop track at approx 5km if you take right branch adds approximately 2km with further elevation (50-100m) and features an impressive lookout over farmland to the East.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    Start at Forest Hill Scenic Reserve at end of Pettigrew Road. Continue through carpark on gravel path to gate at edge of bush.

    Private car necessary. Gravel road to public reserve. Ample parking with toilet block.

    28 km

    27 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Well signposted. Read signs carefully when you arrive at the clearing, however loop track leads back on itself and returns one to the clearing.


    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    May be available at reserve at start/finish, or at halfway turnaround. Rain water tanks (and toilets) at both ends.

    Track can be soft under foot in winter or after periods of excess rain. Windfalls may block track in days following high winds or a storm, however the track is well maintained and regularly cleared

    Beware! Steepest sections of track may be slippery in winter or after periods of significant wet weather.

  • Post run indulgence

    Closest service station: Challenge Lorneville
    Lorneville, just north of Invercargill
    Nearest shop, but still 15 minutes away. Alternatively head north to Winton

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