Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Tihaka Beach Track

Riverton, Southland

Submitted by Corey Woodward

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 17 ?

Gnarl Factor: 47 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush



Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.8%


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This awesome run forms part of the Te Araroa Walkway and traverses the Tihaka Beach (not exactly runnable) before entering private farmland, coastal reserves and then native bush before emerging at the top of Mores Reserve with fantastic views across Riverton, surrounding districts, and all the way across to Invercargill and Bluff away in the distance. The trail is marked with orange markers and only in a couple of places do you need to double check you're on the right track.

Rare birds nest on Tihaka Beach, watch for nests and mind the territorial bird live.

If you're planning on doing this as an out and back then either end is likely fine to leave your vehicle. Riverton has more people coming and going and you can park across from the Fire Station. Colac Bay has plenty of surfers. No public transport available.

13 km

11 minutes




Fairly easy to navigate

Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

No water available, carry sufficient.

Parts of the trail could be very muddy after rain. Be sensible around stock, particularly around lambing (spring).

Wet rocks during high tide can be slippery, there appears to be high tide options so we don't need to get wet.

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Was awesome doing this very early morning and having the sun come up as a rain front moved in. The beach was way tougher to run on than I thought.

Corey Woodward

January 26, 2020

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