Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Lake Hauroko Lookout Trail

Tuatapere, Southland

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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I've done it Done

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Grunt Factor: 23

Gnarl Factor: 72

5.8km

415m

415m

536m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Beach

Lakeside

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

20%
20%
40%
20%

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.5%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:30

Slow

1:50

Moderate

1:00

Fast

Outwardly if you look at the figures, this just looks like a moderately hard and reasonably short trail. However when you look at the profile you will see that virtually all of the 400+ metres climb is done in a mere 1.5km!

The trail starts off at lake level with some nice running, a bit rooty so take care and watch your step. There are very regular orange triangles so there is nowhere you should get lost. There are a couple of technical mini creek crossings and then the climb starts. It lulls you in, at first climbing steadily and then gets serious, to where you are looking for handholds, and where you are going to put the next foot.

As you get up towards the top there are several spurs away from the trail out to lookout points. Take care on these, a couple are quite dodgy. However the best for photos and views is not the one at the very top, but the one preceding that... which is where my pano shot was taken.

Then once you have reached the top, iat down to contemplate the world and all who live in it (after pausing your Garmin), you get to go back down... and believe me, in parts that is more difficult than climbing up... but if you take your time and choose your footing well, in no time you will enjoy some nice running to finish the day.

Stunning views & the splendour of isolation!

Plenty of parking at the end of the road, normal well looked after DOC carpark... we are so lucky. No public transport as far as I know. There is a DOC campground at the start of the bush about 6 or 7km from the Lake.

45 km

71 minutes

Unknown

No

Easy.

There is nearly always an orange triangle visible... you shouldn't be able to go wrong, there are no cross trails, it is the only one.

Non-existent.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

There are a few opportunities to get water from streams or the lake... but at only 5.7km you shouldn't need to.

There had been very recent rain and in some places the trail had puddled and in others it was muddy. I would imagine it could be difficult in winter.

The climbs both up and down are potentially dangerous. Do not take them lightly, treat them with respect.

Highway 99 Cafe
Main Road, Tuatapere
Nice food, good drinks (alcohol if you want it), motel and motor camp next door are part of the same company... so you can eat drink and stay!

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Brad Geen

Brad Geen

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