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Southern Oban Trails, Southland

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Southern Oban TrailsBeginner

Submitted by Fiona Stechmann

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands


3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Head out of town on Horshoe Bay Road crossing two small one-lane bridges and then turn left onto Hicks road.

Follow Hicks Road all the way to the end and then turn left onto Back road (note this is a good spot for night time kiwi spotting)

Follow Back Road until it joins Main Road and turn right (If you want to do a shorter loop then you can just run straight here from town but Back Road is a nice warm up through lovely bush).

Head up Min Road until you reach the track car parks and follow the Ryans Creek track. Continue following Ryans Creek track around the back of the airport and down to the coast. Stay on the same track and try to avoid tripping as you take in the view!

When you reach the end of the trail follow the road for a short distance. You are looking for the Raroa Walk trail, it is a little hard to see but is on the corner of the 1st road on the left (the road says no entry). Follow this short but fun track up to Traill Park. Go straight across the park to Golden Bay Road. From here you can do a short but rewarding "dash" up the hill to "Observation Rock" before retracing your steps back down to Golden Bay Road and then turn left (if you have come down from Observation Rock) and follow the road down to the shore where you are looking for the Golden Bay track.

This one is great stair training! Follow the Golden Bay track all the way round to Deep Bay road, and then turn left up the hill. Just past the corner turn left onto the Peterson Hill track (also called the "path from Deep Bay"). At the end of this you will join Peterson Hill Road and follow this down and back along the waterfront into town.

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Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 55%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Gravel Road: 20%

Sealed Road: 15%

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  • Access

    You can start this loop from pretty much anywhere in Oban.

    Either run from the ferry terminal or your accomodation. There is plenty of parking in Oban if you have a car.

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  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Some water is available but it might be easiest to carry a small amount

    Muddy at all times in patches but generally good surface

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