Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Forest Hill Double Crossing

Invercargill, Southland

Submitted by Bryan Stout

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 13

Gnarl Factor: 16








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -7.5%


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Estimated Times to Run







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)

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.

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

28 km

27 minutes




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.

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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Trail Reviews

Up hill from the start, a bit slippery in places after rain but a great workout! Did a detour to see the glow worms (didnt see them!) Very sheltered track on a miserable day - even better... its pretty quiet!

Marcia Ferguson

July 12, 2020

Great sheltered hill training. Usually easily runnable, tho can be a little soft of slippery in places in the winter/wet seasons. Note that can have a few windfalls after a good storm. Not a run for views... unless you add the optional loop at the top.

Bryan Stout

June 28, 2020

Great hill run training - especially if you add the loop at the top of the track both ways!

Paul Wieland

April 18, 2020

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