Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Kahikatea Trail

Murchison, Tasman

Submitted by Ian Buunk

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 3 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.4%


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Head East into the holiday park, past the playground, follow the sign to the Kahikatea Walk. Follow the track and turn left at the first two intersections (I suspect going right would be ok too.) When you get to a gravel road turn right and then turn left in 20m to get back on to single track. After a bit you leave the forest and follow a track beside the golf course. When you get to another gravel road head left and follow this to the river. Just before the river you turn left onto a track which skirts the golf course and takes you bake to the holiday park.

Part of the track passes through a nice remnant of native forest. Another part is next to the Buller river

Seems to be plenty of parking

1 km

2 minutes




Generally good.

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

You could fill up at the camp ground

Might be best to avoid if there is a massive flood in the Buller

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Trail Reviews

Starts in a nice camping park that leads into the walking track which is quite short. The track comes out onto a flat stony 4WD track which runs around close to the river. I enjoyed looking in at the golf course more than the track. Look out for the fabulous giant gecko at the end of the track, opposite the campground office, that is carved out of a vertical tree trunk climbing up another tree trunk.

John OConnell

November 15, 2020

Like others have said, a nice wee shakedown to get awake on a drive through. Easy points!

Tony Sharpe

October 12, 2020

I scoffed when I 1st saw the length of this trail but turns out its the perfect length for getting the blood in the legs moving again on the drive from chch to Nelson without breaking in to too much of a sweat before getting back in the car! Although the highway traffic could still be heard the stands of ancient kahikatea and option of going for swim had i wanted made up for it. Also an easy win for the leaderboard

Rebecca Sunderland

February 7, 2020

Definitely best done in jandals (take care on the slight incline as this can be slippery).

Peter Attwood

January 8, 2019

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