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Nan and Gramps, Southland

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Submitted by Nicole Jackson

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush
Open farmlands


0:25 (Slow)
0:20 (Moderate)
0:15 (Fast)



Occasionally there are working bees on this track as it is an area of Otara that is being replanted. But even then the track would be clear for running.

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This is a short run, and perfect for a new runner, or younger runner (kids). The terrain does vary over that 3kms from open Farmland to newly planted land to bush that was planted 10-15 years ago. The bush is now full of native birds. It can be a little confusing as tracks do go left right and everywhere when you are in the newly planted area, but you cant get lost , going the wrong way will only add a couple hundred meters onto your run.

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Features of interest

Bushy Point reserve is a wonderful example of a community replanting project. Almost every tree, bush, or grass you can see has been planted by hand by the community of Otatara (The Otatara Landcare Group). During the last World Rugby Cup in NZ, thousands of plants were grown and planted under the living legend initiative. You may also see White Herons!!

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    When visiting Invercargill, head towards Otatara. As you enter Otatara make a left onto Marama South Road at the Wetlands Bottle Store, travel approx 1.5 km and make another left hand turn onto Bryson Rd. This is a dirt road only 100 meters to the start of Bushy Point Reserve Track.

    This is a safe place to park and unless a working bee is on their is no issues with parking.

    5 km

    7 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    No worries here, short track and at always all times you can see houses.

    Generally good.

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

    No Water.

    It can get windy, cold and wet at any time of the year in Southland. Track can be muddy.

    None. Ignore the rifle range signs!!!

  • Post run indulgence

    The Cabbage Treet
    Great courtyard to sitting in out of the wind!

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