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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, some big hills
Jan 2021: Closed due to a large slip 1.2km from the car park. Sadly DOC have this down as another long term track closure. If you have an update please email us.
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This follows an old pack track up to an area that was mined previously, with the Brittania stamping battery as the main attraction. It is generally a well-graded track, climbing steadily and consistently through lush native bush. The views open up over valley below the higher you climb. There are two gullies where you descend to cross a stream where there have been slips. These are easily negotiated, and the track continues out of them across the streams (don't climb high).
You will reach a signposted turn-off to descend to the stamping battery - well worth the short descent and climb back up. From here on the track does continue a bit further, but gets increasingly rough and indistinct. When you have had enough, turn around and head back the way you came.
Features of interest
The track takes you to the Brittania stamping battery - lots of mining artefacts and good info boards
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 60%
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Drive north of Westport, through Waimangaroa, then turn right down O'Connor Road - signposted Brittania Track. This is a dirt road/farm track (but well graded). Continue straight along it following DoC orange triangles until you reach the carpark and picnic area. Park here. If electric fence tape is across the road, open it, drive through and replace it.
Parking for 5-6 cars, safe
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
There are creeks along the way but as the area has been heavily mined its best not to drink from them.
Slips likely after rain
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