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August 07, 2023

Area: Central Otago 
Time: 1-2 days
Distance: 206 km
Difficulty: Medium/Hard

Paved: 59 km 0%
Unpaved: 147 km 100%
Unknown: 0 km 0%

If you live or ride around the Wānaka area, you've probably ridden the Thomson Track a heap of times, since it offers a fantastic off-road bikepacking route to get from Wānaka through to the gravel delights of Central Otago, and a neat way to hook on to the rail trail for points east.

Here is another handy (if slightly gnarlier) connector between the Lindis Pass Tarras Road (SH8) and the St Bathans Loop Road about 9km south of St Bathans. There's even a DOC hut (Lauder Basin hut) en route if you can stomach the 200m descent off the ridge! 

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