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Old Man Obelisk

Alexandra, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 20th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 39

Gnarl Factor: 10








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible



Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.2%


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Starting at the trail head just of Fraser Dam Rd, you head along the farm track alongside Omeo Creek for a while then deviate and head up the farm track (and marked with poles) up in to the Kopuwai Conservation Area. The trail winds its way up the hill, make sure you turn around and appreciate the views every once in a while. Keep following the trail and it will take you all the way up to the Obselisk (or Kopuwai, from local Maori legends) and provides some outstanding views of the local area. After savouring the views, head back down the hill via the Prospect Hill track which takes you back to the car along another lovely path. Follow this track down until it reaches Fraser Dam Rd, then head back along the road to the car to complete the loop.

Kopuwai/Obelisk as well as the Central Otago landscape

Parking at trail head. Pretty rural, should be safe.

12 km

16 minutes




Poles marking track as well as very good DOC signposts

Generally good.

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

Omeo Creek as well as other small sources

Can be very windy on the tops, as well as snow accumulation during winter would make it pretty tough to do without snow shoes.

The Courthouse Cafe
8 Centennial Ave, Alexandra
Great food and coffee

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Brook van Reenen

Brook van Reenen

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Trail Reviews

Just to note the prospect hill track is CLOSED during lambing. 15th October through to the 15th November

Phillip Miller

December 30, 2017

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