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Front country - easily accessible
Point to Point (one way)
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestLakeside
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This trail follows the historic Mahinapua logging tramline through regenerating native bush and a section of eucalyptus plantation, remnant of a forestry experiment. A flax swamp near the start also provides the opportunity to spot one of the Coast's special locals - the kotuku or white heron. Department of Conservation signage along the walkway details the history of the tramway and logging in the area.
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Features of interest
Logging tramline, sawmill relics, wetland.
Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 90%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%
The car park at the start of the walkway is well signposted directly off State Highway 6, south of Hokitika.
There is a well-formed, safe DOC car park at the start of the trail. No public transport but plenty of traffic would make hitch-hiking an easy option.
Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.
Best to take your own.
None but the track is popular with locals and families on bikes so expect it to be busier during the weekend.
Post run indulgence
Ramble and Ritual
51 Sewell Street, Hokitika
The friendly ladies here do great coffee and have the best cheese scones in town.
23 Weld Street, Hokitika
The cafe at the theater serves amazing home-made pies, big enough to satisfy even the hungriest trail runner.
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