Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Serpentine Hackett Loop

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 25 ?

20.0km

500m

500m

511m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Run Makeup

50%
50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.9%

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Estimated Times to Run

3:15

Slow

2:30

Moderate

1:40

Fast

Starting at the Hackett carpark, run out and turn left (back the way you drove in). Follow the road back until you reach Serpentine River Road on your left (it's also a very obvious bridge). Cross the bridge and keep left, you're now on Serpentine River Road. Stay to this 4x4 road and you'll have a couple of small streams to cross before an undulating climb through mostly pine forest. Near the top, you'll come to two signs. Left is Clover Road, right is Serpentine Road. TURN LEFT onto Clover Road and continue uphill for the final push.

Now you're at the top, they'll be a skid site. Just follow the 4x4 road down, down and down some more - if in doubt, yes, go down! You'll exit the pine forest onto the Hackett Track. Turning right takes you south towards the Hackett Hut, left will take you back to your car (about 5km).

The loop run can incorporate the Chromite Mines, accessed off of the Hackett Track on the way back, or via the 4x4 road on the uphill section. However, this is quite steep and becomes more of a tramping track in places.

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Parking is free and there are always spaces. It's safe, but still, lock your car. There is also changing rooms, long-drop toilets and a swimming hole at the carpark for when you finish your run! :)

16 km

23 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Patchy.

Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There are streams on the uphill, however, due to it being a logging forest, I wouldn't drink it.
On the Hackett side, however, I have happily drunk from the river - just be careful as it's powerful in places.

Forestry work. Check here for track closures: http://www.nelson.govt.nz/recreation/recreation/parks-and-reserves/track-closures/

Carpark Swimming Hole
Where you parked up
Fresh, clean water to swim in, a bridge or rocks to jump off and just bloody good fun!

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Raewyn Peters

Raewyn Peters

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Trail Reviews

A good wee loop - mostly forestry road, some nice trail back from Hacket. Great runnable gradient. Glad I had the gpx as there were a few junctions up there! Had hoped for more views, but nice all the same.

Tara Jackson

May 27, 2022

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