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Smith-Larnach to Hooper's Inlet track

Information on Smith-Larnach to Hooper's Inlet track.


For those with experience and a high level of fitness.

Track overview

  • Distance: 4.2km
  • Track type: Route
  • Time: 3hrs (one way)
  • Dogs: Not allowed
  • Difficulty- Hard to Very Hard
  • Closed for lambing from 1st August to 31st October

About this track

A difficult trail starting beneath Larnach Castle on Camp Road. The Smith-Larnach to Hooper’s Inlet Track is a route that takes you across rolling farmland interlaced with spectacular views of Otago Harbour and the Peninsula before dropping down to Hooper’s Inlet. The Smith-Larnach portion of the trail leads you across hills and gullies before it connects with the Hereweka- Harbour Cone Track and takes you up to Coffee Rock. Coffee Rock provides spectacular views of both sides of the peninsula and a fantastic spot for a break. From Coffee Rock, the track drops steeply down through mixed native bush, small swamps and farmland before connecting with the Nyhon Track and Hooper’s Inlet.

Getting there

Access to the Smith-Larnach to Hooper’s Inlet Track is best from Camp Road down from Larnach Castle (not to be confused with Camp Street off Portobello Road). Drive to Larnach Castle and before you reach the Larnach Castle main gate, take a right and continue down Camp Road. Pull in bays can be found along Camp Road in which to park. For those with a high level of fitness, the Smith-Larnach Track can also be accessed from the Camp Road Track. From the end of the Camp Road Track, the Smith-Larnach Track begins 200m further up.


Know before you go

From Coffee Rock, the trail becomes very steep and slippery in places and a high level of care is required while descending. For those with bad knees, walking poles are strongly recommended.

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