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Hokonui Water Race Trail

Does riding through pristine indigenous bush with only the call of native birds for company sound like a good idea?

Well, do we have the perfect mountain bike trails for you.

The Hokonui Water Race Trail and its associated tracks are only a five-minute drive from Gore. Forged among untouched bushland, you can start your journey at three locations –

  • Pope Road
  • Domain Road
  • Dolamore Park

If you look carefully, you can still see the remnants of the water race the main trail is named after.

The history books tell us the water race was dug by hand out of the bush in the late 1890s. It took water from Whiskey Creek to a gold dredging operation, started after local farmer James Humphries discovered gold when sinking a well on his farm near the Waimumu Stream.

On a fine day, breaks in the canopy on the higher trails produce spectacular views of Southland’s lush farmland to Bluff Hill and Stewart Island.

Here are details about the trails. You can download a map of the trail and walking tracks in the area using this link.

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