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A Whale of a Trail, Southland

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A Whale of a TrailBeginner

Submitted by Corey Woodward

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only



1.10 (Slow)
0:50 (Moderate)
0:35 (Fast)



Always open. In the event of extremely high tides there is the option to run on the road past impacted sections.

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This trail pays homage to Riverton's early whaling history. Starting at the mouth of the river, with a large whale sculpture and blubber pots, and finishing at Howell's Point, named after Captain John Howell who established the whaling station at Riverton, arguably the first European settlement in New Zealand, and later married into the local Maori tribe.

It's an out-and-back with views that are spectacularly different in each direction.

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Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 80%

Sealed Road: 20%

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  • Access

    You can start at either end of this trail.

    Parking is available at either end of this trail, making an out and back easily doable (trail submitted only one way). No public transport.

    1 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Just near the beach house cafe (nice place to stop for a coffee before, during, or after the run) the trail darts off to the left as you come up a concrete ramp - can be easy to miss, other than that any missed ramp/steps soon join up with the road again so you can't get lost.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No drink fountains, but there are stores along the way if you get desperate.

    Being coastal this can get wild at times, great fun to run then, just mind your step and be careful of beach sections during high tides.

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