Last Updated: 13th Apr 2023

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Key Summit Nature Trail Loop

Te Anau, Southland

Submitted by Tony Sharpe

Last Updated: 13th Apr 2023

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Grunt Factor: 16

Gnarl Factor: 40

8.7km

475m

480m

958m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup

25%
75%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.0%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

1:15

Slow

1:00

Moderate

0:45

Fast

This is a short taster of the Routeburn Track area to give an opportunity to bag a trail directory run in the Fiordland Mountains that's not a full on day long adventure or an ultra distance mission.

Starting from the Divide you climb steadily up the side of the valley. Listen for Kaka and other wildlife as you head up here.

After a few km's you'll reach a signposted junction- take the right fork up the hill here a short series of zigzags will take you up to the nature loop on Key Summit. This is a spectacular place, with plenty of interesting nature to take in (including carnivorous plants!) and some great vantage points will give widespread views of the imposing Darran Mountains and the Hollyford Valley.

Enjoy, this is one of the most spectacular views that less than 10km can get anywhere in NZ.

To finish complete the loop and retrace your steps on a nice fast downhill back to the car park.

Routeburn Track taster with spectacular views of the Darran Mountains and Hollyford Valley.

Parking and a shelter at the trail head.

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Easy.

Easy nav, all signposted.

Non-existent.

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

BYO.

Mind out for the trampers as they start/finish their great walk. Winter conditions would require appropriate warm gear.

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Claudia Kelly

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