Kereru, Tui & KomakoBeginner
Submitted by Corey Woodward
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Open all hours, doesn't look like it would be prone to flooding.
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A 2km loop in a wonderful native bush setting, wide gravel trail with not too many tree roots, there are several variations that can be combined to make a longer run. This can also be combined with the Bushy Point run in the trail directory (Nan & Gramps) by running back towards Invercargill on Dunns Road (wide sealed road verge) and then right down Marama Ave South (shingle track off the road for most of the way). A distance of less than 2.5km.
Features of interest
Fantastic native bush block preserved in an otherwise urban setting. Lots of Wood Pigeon, Tui, and Bellbirds make their home in the Otatara Scenic Reserve.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 100%
Head out past the airport to Otatara, continue along Dunns Road and the track starts at the carpark on the right for the Otatara Scenic Reserve, just past the 4 Square Supermarket.
Off road parking on the right just past the 4 Square Supermarket
Only really one opportunity to take a wrong turn and this brings you out to Awarua Road a short distance away, no big distance to retrace your steps. You could start the trail from this location too, there just isn't as much parking.
Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Cellphone.
Didn't see any tap for water but there is a toilet at the carpark so there may be water available, failing that there is a 4 Square across the road.
None that I can foresee.
Mind the odd tree root but in general this is a low risk run.
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