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Rough Around the Edges, Tasman

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Rough Around the EdgesBeginner

Submitted by Brion Matthews

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Tasman and Nelson


Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Plantation/exotic forest


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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A great circumnavigation of Rough Island that works out nicely as a recovery run or beginner loop. It is easy to extend with the nearby Rabbit Island Route if wanting something a little more.

Navigation is pretty easy. GPX leads clockwise. Avoid roads unless no other options are available and keep to the fringes.

A small trail starts right from the parking area. At the west most point you will need to pick through a small piece of unmarked grassy area and you'll pop out at a parking area after a short while. From here follow the walking trail that will take you back east and towards the pines.

Near the main road, follow a small section of the 'Great Taste Trail' that will lead back to the start. Great to run near high tide - this makes it much more scenic. There may be a few small bits minorly under water, but should be able to jump over these!

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Untracked / Route only: 10%

Easy Single Track: 80%

Gravel Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Head towards Rabbit Island. There is a parking area for Rough Island just after the first bridge to the left.

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  • Staying Safe


    Keep to the perimeter of the island and you'll be fine.

    Generally good.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    There are toilets where the loop picks up the Great Taste Trail, but possibly not drinking water.

    Status may depend on any logging activities.

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