Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Brittania Track

Westport, West Coast

Submitted by Katie Smith

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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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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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 41 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.6%


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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.

The track takes you to the Brittania stamping battery - lots of mining artefacts and good info boards

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Parking for 5-6 cars, safe

19 km

14 minutes





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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Trail Reviews

Hiked it in heavy rain- so much potential but track now seems in poor state eg multiple slips. On the other hand maybe I just got lost in the mist! :-)

Mike McManaway

December 8, 2021

A great track! Gorgeous forest and views, good gradient for a long gentle climb, and very clear route (except for the slip as per Chris's review 9 December). A fair bit of bird life too, even a kea flying close overhead about 2/3rds of way up!

Melisande Ewer

December 25, 2020

Great run! Really nice gradient all the way up, and enough rocks, undullating surface, old logs in track base etc. to make barrelling down interesting. Ran it wet last night with no issues, just a bit of water about.
Track is now closed by Doc.
This looks to be for two reasons, river is starting to undercut the track a little near the start, but the largest danger would be the large slip 1km? in.
Easy to negotiate, and when I went over it there was no sign of fresh slipping after the day's rain. However there is a large amount of material above the slip, and I've no idea how stable that is. Very much a situation to stop, assess and make your own call I would think.
Photo of slip added.

Chris Thomson

December 9, 2020

Took the kids with us. Track was great for them, and they had no idea that they had gone up so high so quickly too. Loved exploring the battery at the end. Great track and was much enjoyed by everyone.

Sharon Sharpe

July 20, 2020

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