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Roxburgh Gorge, Otago

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Roxburgh GorgeBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Starting at the 150th Anniversary car park, head towards the bridge. Follow the signs and go under it. Follow the well signposted track along for the next 8km. At the signpost head up in to the Flat Top Hill Conservation Area via the 4WD track. At the top you will reach a junction by a fence. Follow the 4WD track to the right for about 700m. Take a right hand track through the gap in the fence and follow the orange poles for the next 2.5km. Here you'll reach the Rock of Doom track turnoff, head to the right and down there. Either follow the black poles, or just bomb it down your own route until you reach the river trail at the bottom. Once back on the main trail, follow it back towards Alexandra and your original starting location.

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Features of interest

Great views of the Roxburgh Gorge, River, Schist Tors.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 6%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 68%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 16%

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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

Flat Top Hill

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Doctor's Point Return

Doctor's Point Return

Length: 19.70km

Flat Top Hill v2

Flat Top Hill v2

Length: 12.50km


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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


    Follow orange poles in Flat Top Hill conservation area. Follow black poles on Rock of Doom track. If in doubt up on top, generally stick to the right hand side tracks.


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

    No drinkable stuff, take your own.

    Can be snowy on top, as well as very windy!

    Plenty of tripping hazards.
    Cyclists on the river trail.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Courthouse Cafe
    8 Centennial Ave Alexandra
    Great coffee, great treats.

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