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Flat Top Hill, Otago

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Flat Top HillIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


2:15 (Slow)
1:40 (Moderate)
1:10 (Fast)



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The loop starts from the carpark at the Conservation area. Run across dam and then take the track the heads to the right. Follow this track along the base of flat top hill until it heads directly up the face at about 5km. Most of the track involves following markers. Along the top follow the track as it works its way through the exposed schist tors until it loops its way back to the dam and carpark.

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Features of interest

Great views overlooking the Roxburgh Gorge and down the Manukerikia Valley. A nice dam to cross and some old gold mining era pieces of interest.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 40%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%

Gravel Road: 0%

Sealed Road: 0%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Roxburgh Gorge

Roxburgh Gorge

Length: 19.50km

Flat Top Hill v2

Flat Top Hill v2

Length: 12.50km


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  • Access

    Car park at the Flat Top Hill Conservation Area access just off Alexandra-Fruitlands Rd

    Large parking area

    9 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Reasonably well signposted as many tracks exist, track is marked consistently with orange markers on poles.

    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    No drinkable water on site

    Can be very windy up on top and is exposed to Southerlies.

    A lot of loose rocks around which could cause tripping or rolling ankles.

  • Post run indulgence

    Courthouse Cafe
    Old Courthouse Building, 8 Centennial Ave, Alexandra
    Great coffee, great pasta salad, great curried vege salad. Plenty of delicious sweet stuff too.

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