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Pupu Hydro Run, Tasman

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Pupu Hydro RunBeginner

Submitted by Mark Sinclair

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


0:55 (Slow)
0:40 (Moderate)
0:25 (Fast)



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Starting from the car park you run down the track and can either go left or right (being a loop track is doesn't really matter.) Going left takes you up the gravel access road to the water race used for maintenance. This is long but gentle hill and once at the top you will reach the lookout, go down the hill to get to the bridge over the river (halfway).

From here you enter the native bush and run beside the historic water race. The track can become very narrow here at various points (exactly one person wide) but there is a rail next to the track you can hold onto. You'll reach the end of the water race and get to the small power station. Now it's time to go down the zig zag which is the most technical part of the track. There are some very large gouges taken out of the track here and a few rocks/tree roots so if not confident take your time (a good example of semi-technical running). Then it's over a bridge and back to the start of the loop and back to the carpark.

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Features of interest

There is an old gold mining water race that you run alongside for the entire top portion of the run. There is also a very small working hydro power station along the track as well. A bridge over the river marks approx the halfway point and there is a lookout along the gravel part of the track at the highest point with a seat where you can look out over the bay.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 5%

Easy Single Track: 45%

Gravel Road: 50%

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  • Access

    From SH 60 turn onto Pupu Valley Rd (turns to gravel) and follow until you nearly reach the end - you will come across an open area with plenty of space for parking and a little information board for the track.

    No public transport, plenty of space for parking private vehicles.

    10 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    There is a river and the water race along the track both with water. Unknown if potable

    Will probably get quite muddy after periods of high rainfall.

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