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Earnscleugh Tailings, Otago

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Earnscleugh TailingsBeginner

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only



1:20 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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Heading towards Clyde from the car park you follow the 150th Anniversary Track for approx 3km until you cross over the Fraser River. Take a left on the grassy track at the DOC sign and then follow the orange poles. Once out of the trees, you have a choice of directions to do the loop. Heading left you follow the poles up through the tailings first meandering through the old relics and piles of rubble. You'll eventually reach the 4WD track which is grassy and overgrown, expect to get wet if its damp. You reach back the original junction, follow back the tracks back to the car park.

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Features of interest

Old mining relics

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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  • Access

    Start at the parking for the 150th Anniversary Track.

    Car parking is located off Earnscleugh Road, about 300m from the main road turn off. Plenty of parking available, overlooked by houses so is pretty safe.

    4 km

    6 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    None, bring your own.

    Windy and chilly, but nothing too serious. Occasionally a bit of snow if you're super lucky.

    Plenty of rocks for you to roll an ankle in the tailings.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Courthouse Cafe
    8 Centennial Ave Alexandra
    Great coffee, great service. Curried egg and kumara salad is brilliant too!

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