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Mount Ida Water Race

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A family-friendly walk along a historic water sluice in the Naseby Forest.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

100%

Runnable

2,145' 654 m

High

2,046' 624 m

Low

242' 74 m

Up

162' 49 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

Features River/Creek · Swimming

Naseby Forest is closed when fire danger is determined to be high. Look for posted signs.

Runner Notes

Excellent easy running on this flat trail.

Description

The Mount Ida Water Race offers an enjoyable walk suitable for the whole family, and can be accessed from any number of points around Nasbey (including Coalpit Dam, Hoffman's Dam, and the swimming dam near the holiday park in town). The terrain is fairly similar throughout, with a level and well-maintained trail following immediately alongside the waterway. The trail's ups and downs occur where the water race temporarily disappears into siphon pipes to traverse steeper valleys. An out-and-back to Hoffman's Dam from the holiday park in town makes for a good introduction to this track.

History & Background

The Mount Ida Water Race was opened in 1877 to bring water to the mining operations near Naseby, and today brings water for agriculture and other uses.

Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#10

in South Island

#27409

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#10

in South Island

#295

in New Zealand

#27,409

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Family fun on the Water Race Trail
Mar 24, 2015 near Naseby, NZ
Lovely lupine along the Mount Ida Water Race.
Mar 24, 2015 near Naseby, NZ
Lakeside trail at Hoffman's Dam
Mar 25, 2015 near Naseby, NZ

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