Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Kiwi Burn Circuit

Te Anau, Southland

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 19 ?

12.0km

215m

210m

664m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Riverside

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup

75%
25%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.5%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:30

Moderate

1:00

Fast

The Kiwi Burn Loop is great for beginners or those looking for an easy training day. Mostly flat and forested, this track is do-able most of the year. It is one of very few loop tracks in Fiordland, as well as one of the few places you can take a dog in the area (with a dog permit issued by DOC Fiordland for Snowdon forest).

The track starts at the Kiwi Burn swing bridge just off the Mavora-Lakes Road. Just across the bridge a well-marked DOC track starts. About 2/3 (or 1/3 depending which way around you go) of the way you will pass Kiwi Burn DOC Hut, which sits on the Kiwi Burn (river) which the track follows for about half of the loop. 

Part of this track is on the Te Araroa as thru-hikers make their way up the Mararoa to/from Mavora Lakes. For longer and more adventurous missions, it is possible to combine this circuit with the South Mavora Lake trail, the Mararoa River trail, or the Whitestone River trail.

Kiwi Burn Hut.

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Parking is available at the trailhead.

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Non-existent.

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map

Water is available at Kiwi Burn hut, there are also quite a few streams and you follow the Kiwi Burn itself for a while, but it's recommended to treat all water.

Should be fine all times of year provided no flooding or severe weather.

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