Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Invercargill to Awarua

Invercargill, Southland

Submitted by Corey Woodward

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly



Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +0.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.5%


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This trail forms part of the Te Araroa Walkway and both a walking and bike trail, well formed gravel path that winds alongside the New River Estuary on the outskirts of Invercargill and heads towards Bluff. I recommend making it a return trip (half marathon), but if you have someone who can drop you off or pick you up then the 10.7k is a nice one-way off road training option.

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Parking is available at the Stead Street Wharf location.

2 km

4 minutes




Well sign posted for the Te Araroa Walkway,

Generally good.

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

No water availability, carry your own

None known

Possibility of surface flooding in a couple of areas during heavy rain. Potentially track could be closed during flood events as this is a low lying trail near waterways. It is protected by flood banks in places.

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Trail Reviews

Dis a slight variation of it last Friday (29/1) prior to starting the weekend on-call, starting from Kew Hospital, running out to the Awarua end and adding a wee loop around the estuary to make it 22k finishing back at the hospital. Good training if you want to do a bit of fartleg or speed work into a howling headwind.

Paul Wieland

January 31, 2021

Flat and easy running, good for working on running rhythm and pace consistency. Close to town but quite isolated particularly after the first 3km. I went out and back and it was pretty exposed running in a moderate westerly. Felt a bit on the nose coming home!

Bryan Stout

June 28, 2020

For an almost completely flat run, this is quite pretty (on a nice day!)Note to self (and anyone interested!) Don't do this run on a windy day - the head wind was crap.For an easy trail so close to town I was really surprised how quiet it was.

Marcia Ferguson

April 30, 2019

Nice to stretch out on a bit of Te Araroa. I spared a thought for the SOBO walkers as they approach Bluff wandering past the poo ponds on their last day of walking NZ. At least they are off the road! Pleasant trail and nice views south

Tony Sharpe

November 7, 2018

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