Last Updated: 13th Apr 2023

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Lodestone Loop

Motueka, Tasman

Submitted by Holly Barclay

Last Updated: 13th Apr 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 18

Gnarl Factor: 56

7.0km

710m

710m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

20%
60%
20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +20.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -20.2%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

3:00

Slow

1:45

Moderate

1:15

Fast

From the Flora carpark, go towards the four wheel drive track leading to Flora hut. Just by the gate you will notice a sign on the right pointing up towards a track saying Lodestone. Follow this track as it initially steeply climbs up through some rooty forest. It then flattens, goes across a wee ridge with a lookout point at the end.

Then descend a little bit before beginning to ascend again. The ascent gets steep towards the end with views out over the steep drop to the right. Can be windy at times. After what feels like a solid effort you will arrive above the bushline and traverse the ridge to the highest point. Take a moment to enjoy the 360 degree views.

From here you can either go back the way you came or continue towards the Flora Hut. Follow the track markers down a steep rocky section to the bushline and continue down the hill following the orange markers on the trees. Eventually you will arrive at a little stream. Cross this and you will come out at Flora Hut. From Flora Hut turn left and follow the 4wd drive track along the river up to the saddle and then down to the carpark.

Parking at Flora Carpark. Can be very busy in the summer months.

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Moderate.

Forest has some distance between markers occasionally but overall easy navigation.

Unknown.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Only really from the hut or the stream just before the hut.

Can be exposed or windy on the top.

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Trail Reviews

A fantastic short loop. Beautiful stunted beech forest draped in lichen on the way up, very steep near the top then 360 views. Steep again on the way down and slippery in places!

Tom Brennan

April 24, 2023

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