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Walkers are welcome. In fact, a recent survey shows 57% of all trail users are walkers.
For those who prefer a short, sharp cardiovascular blast there’s Kurow Hill, right beside the town. The walk up is just over a kilometre. But it’s so steep there are random easy chairs placed trackside, actual easy chairs, as seen in people’s lounges.
Styles start from the 1970s and build through the decades. It’s a crack-up but also totally practical.
Kurow Trails Committee has arranged this ultimate gesture of hospitality, hopefully with the help of a helicopter.
Regular markers show how many more metres to climb and there’s one of the most pertinent interpretive signs ever created — "You are Halfway to the Top".
Once you’re there, a brand-new seat and sign round off the
feeling that this is a much-loved and cared for community asset. Table top landscape allows for a wee wander. The eye can roam for miles, far inland to the mountain peaks of Central Otago.
On the way down, the easy chairs allow you to slouch back, hand tucked into belt buckle, like an outdoor Al Bundy watching the giant reality TV below that is Kurow.