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Brittania Track, West Coast

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Brittania TrackBeginner

Submitted by Katie Smith

Info Info

Trail Information

8.90km

500m

500m

 

West Coast

Westport

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Riverside

Beginner

1.45 (Novice)
1:15 (Intermediate)
0:45 (Elite)

-13.6%

+13.6%

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Description

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.


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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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  • Access

    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

    19 km

    14 minutes

    No

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  • Staying Safe

    Easy.

    Patchy.

    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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