Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Whisky Falls

St. Arnaud, Tasman

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 21 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Totally/mostly flat

Native bush




Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.2%


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Estimated Times to Run







Head on the trail, at first it is wide and easy going. At about 1.6km you pass the only side trail for the run (Paddy's Trail), ignore that and carry on.

From here a nice gradual descent to lake level. Once you pass the rocky beach section you hit some stellar single trail, just wonderful to run and soft underfoot.

Follow the trail, watch out for the robins, fantails, and tomtits. At about 5km you reach the turn for Whisky Falls. Just a quick 500m and you are there. Take in your fill and head back the way you came.

Lake Rotoiti is always beautiful. Whisky Falls are quite impressive as well.

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Room for quite a few cars in the carpark just past the start of the trail.

5 km

8 minutes





Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Lots, streams you'll cross and a big lake!

Can be snow in winter and the streams you cross could get dodgy after very heavy rain.

Rocks by the lake edge, a largish stream crossing and a couple of small ones.

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