Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Mole Jamieson Loop

Murchison, Tasman

Submitted by Stu Houston

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 38 ?

Gnarl Factor: 57 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.5%


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At the start of the Mole track you cross the Mole Stream, then follow the well marked trail (orange markers) climbing up through farmland into beech forest until the track drops down into the Mole Stream, which you now follow up to its head on the open rocky riverbed. Because you're in the riverbed markers are limited but you will spot the occasional one attached to trees on the sides.

Eventually you come to a fork in the stream and there are orange track markers on the left stream. The track climbs out of the streambed but follows it up to the cute little Mole Hut .You are now on the open tussock and the track goes through thick tussock following snow poles to Mole Saddle . At the saddle the track goes north up onto a high point. Turn off left (west) onto the Jamesons Track which is marked with snow poles. The ridge before the bushline has awesome views - soak it in before the long descent down Jameson Ridge. The ridge takes you back down to the Tutaki road turn left onto the road to your car.

Lovely open alpine tops with great views.

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No public transport and parking for a couple of cars though you have the choice of 2 parking areas ...parking on side of road. Safe area.

35 km

43 minutes




If you're worried about navigation its best to do this trip in reverse to how I've described (clockwise) but definitely take a topo map and route desciption.


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

The Mole Stream track has lots of water but Jameson ridge is dry.

Exposed on tops so take windproof jacket as minimum. Snow up here in winter - I did this trip in winter and used spikes on my running shoes. It was awesome!!

Don't go if heavy rain - you have to cross the Mole stream many times! If there's hunters vehicles in carpark wear fluro especially during the roar March April May.

Rivers Cafe
Murchison Fairfax street
Best in Town

Flat Rock Cafe
Kohatu junction
If going on to Nelson or Motueka stop here awesome food and great location

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Trail Reviews

Times unrealistic as often not runnable. However a great tramping loop with interesting terrain.

Mike McManaway

February 28, 2023

A nice loop. The times are very optimistic. Add 30-45mins onto the times above I think!

Slow going up the big rocks of Mole Stream. After this, in the bush, some bits are quite overgrown. But once on the saddle, it’s very fast and easy down Jameson’s track

Daniel Parkinson

April 5, 2021

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