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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOther
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This is an easy out-and-back run with a steady easy gradient through historic mining territory, providing some views to the Paparoas.
Initially a short piece of single track follows the Spring Creek mine road, crossing a side turn. Follow signage onto a four wheel drive track then head on up it.
The track climbs very gradually, following Spring Creek. There are two short but impressive tunnels and several rock cuttings. Up ahead there are views of Mt Davy and the start of the Paparoas.
After about 5km the track peters out. You can cross the small stream and follow a very overgrown track a short distance - not particularly recommended.
Turn around and head back the way you came.
Alternatively just before the turnaround point look for the track up to the summit ofMt Davy, another 4km or so and nearly 1000m above.
Features of interest
This was an old mining rail track when Rewanui was mined. It is now on Spring Creek mine land, so there is evidence of both old and new mine workings and two short tunnels
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 10%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 50%
Gravel Road: 40%
Follow signs from SH6 to Dunollie onto Somerled Street. Keep straight onto Inverness Street and then turn onto Spring Creek Road. You will see the Spring Creek mine gate across the road - just to the right of this there is a white wooden barrier with a broken sign stating "Access Rewanui" - this is the start of the track.
Park on the verge - space for 3-4 cars there, or plenty more on-street parking in Dunollie.
Finding the start is the only minor difficulty.
Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
None obviously available - the few creeks are discoloured, presumably from mining nearby
A short portion of track is prone to rockfall after heavy rain - this is marked
Post run indulgence
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