Last Updated: 19th Apr 2024

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The Argyle

Westport, West Coast

Submitted by Mike Tennent

Last Updated: 19th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 58 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest


Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.1%


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Take a headlight!

This is a trail that DOC have stopped looking after. It is mostly easy to follow, but in places is quite overgrown and you need to work out where to go. Early on it is reasonably flat, you will come to the Argyle Stream - there is a small sign by the trail. Hop down there and check out the cave the stream goes in to. It looks accessible if you don't mind wet feet.

Keep an eye out on the trail after this as it follows the stream for several ribbons in a tree and a worn patch down to the stream on you left. If you look across the stream you will see a tall narrow fissure type cave. The fissure goes right through the hill for about 80 to 100 metres and it is very cool with lots of small cave wetas. At the other end turn around and head back.

Back on the trail you will start climbing, and once up on the first plateau you will start to see the remains of the old water race. Then you will come to a section where the track points you through a water race tunnel - it is only about 20 to 30 metres long tall enough for most. After this the trail goes from excellent to not so good to 'where the bloody hell is it' and back to ok again. At times you will have to stop and work out where to go.

There are two more tunnels to go through and another two that you can if you want but those have trail options as well. At about 4km you will come onto a gravel road (Four Mile Road). Turn around here (or explore further if you're feeling intrepid!)

This is a magic trail and worthy of being called Wild!

Old water races, tunnels, caves, mining detritus.

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The road is wider near the trail start and I had no trouble.

28 km

24 minutes




Take your time, you can usually work out where to go.

Very patchy.

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

There is the stream and occasional streamlets... most streams around ex-mining areas they warn not to drink so best take enough.

Looks like it could get mushy in places over winter

There are lots of hazards in places where the trail is not looked after and there has been windfall etc. This is one trail not to skimp on having your safety gear with you - you could easily get stranded and it is not a well used trail.

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Jonathan Roughan

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Trail Reviews

This trail is getting pretty wild in places, doing it in cooler months when you can wear protection from gorse and brambles might be the way. There is one huge slip that obscures the 'trail', if you remember the trail starts again towards the right that may help.

Jonathan Roughan

January 4, 2024

Really enjoyed this adventurous trail - seems to be only known and used by the locals - well worth it.

Mike Steel

February 14, 2020

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