Last Updated: 11th Dec 2023


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Jacks Track

Hokitika, West Coast

Submitted by Katie Smith

Last Updated: 11th Dec 2023


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Grunt Factor: 14 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +2.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -2.5%


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From the car park head along the gravel road past Hurunui Jacks - when open you can get coffee and a snack here on the way home. The run follows part of the West Coast Wilderness cycle trail, so follow the orange signs for this.
The gravel road narrows and becomes wide easy single track winding through bush, gradually climbing.
Just before the 5km mark the track meets another gravel road - head left up the hill.
A short climb brings you to a junction by a historic water wheel with an info site - stop for a look.
From here head right along the water race. The track is smooth and easy, following the race closely.
After 8km you pop out by Lake Kaniere. From here you can link to the Loop Lake Kaniere trail if you feel like a big day out. Otherwise turn around and head back the way you came.
If you like a loop, at the water wheel junction instead of turning left you can keep straight to continue along the water race - this is slightly more technical single track and will bring you out on the Lake Kaniere road about 3km down from where you parked, so can connect back along the road.

The second half of the run follows a beautiful historic water race from Kaniere's gold rush - built in 1875.

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Plenty of safe parking, no public transport.

12 km

13 minutes




Follow the cycle trail signs to keep on the right track.


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

Plenty - running along the water race!

No stream crossings, fairly sheltered in bush, but beware the West Coast downpour!

This is a shared use track so keep an ear out for bikes.

Ramble & Ritual
Delicious real food - you can even tell yourself its good for you! Cinnamon scrolls highly recommended, as are the salad bowls.

Stella Cafe
Best coffee in Hokitika

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Trail Reviews

This was a lovely track for a cruisy run. Smooth gravel tracks that you don't need to pay attention to so you can look around at the lovely bush. Zero technical running and pretty flat so a nice easy track. Only 4 stars as my personal preference is for a little more challenge.

Kirstine Collins

July 10, 2021

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