Last Updated: 28th Dec 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Buckland Peaks

Westport, West Coast

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 28th Dec 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 40 ?

Gnarl Factor: 49 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.7%


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From the start-point head over the stile and onto the farm road/track. The route is very well marked... unfortunately you have 5km of it in and out again to the trail proper.... use it for speedwork if you have tons of energy but you probably should save your energy.

At each intersection there are clear fence post markers and follow these until you reach another stile after about 5.2km. Once over the stile there is only one track to the top... over the next 6km or so you will climb around 1100m. Up at the top around the point you first see the hut down in the valley below the track as such peters into a poled route - follow this down the hill to the hut. Sign in, have a break if you need it and return the way you came.

Amazing views, super 'Wild Thing' technical trail and a variety of trail types in one run.

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There is a carpark that would take 5 to 6 cars easily.

8 km

8 minutes




Very patchy.

Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

None except at the hut at the top.

Looks like it could get boggy in places in winter... and of course potentially snow up top.

Severe Drop-off in places and steep ups and downs

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Trail Reviews

As stated, track is well marked but needs to be as very boggy and overgrown- requires tunnelling through cutty grass! Decent climb and worth surpassing the hut for the actual tops and views.
(Note: Buckland Peaks Road signage currently missing, & road looks like a driveway... turn-off is near the River Garden Retreat sign)

Rach Vell

January 22, 2024

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