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Beat Beetham , Otago

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Beat Beetham Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Isobel Stout

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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From Wilcox Green head towards the river and pick up the Queenstown Trail, turning right to follow it downstream. After 400m cross the river on the bridge and on the other side head straight on up the hill on Tobins Track (a broad 4WD road)

At the top of the hill you'll reach a gravel road and directly across that you'll see the DoC sign for Mt Beetham. The whole route up is well marked with poles, most have an orange sleeve and a yellow cap on them. The route is pretty much straight up and then straight down. It is worth deviating from the poled route just a little at the very top, as after having climbed straight up the hill you might as well get the best view! You’ll see a gap between two big rocks which are the highest point. It’s easy to climb up and play king of the castle!

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Features of interest

Great views of the Wakatipu Basin in all directions.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 25%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 65%

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  • Access

    Park at Wilcox Green (the finish area for the Motatapu Marathon & associated events)

    Plenty of parking. At peak times this is not true of the rest of Arrowtown!

    1 km

    2 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the poles as the trail info board at the start asks you to.

    Perfect throughout.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone.

    There’s no water on route but as the trail is very short you probably won’t need any.

    Very exposed to winds from all directions, there is no cover at all. The tussocks and grass could be very slippery in the rain or snow.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Fork and Tap
    51 Buckingham St, Arrowtown.
    Well stocked bar!

    Patagonia Chocolate
    31 Romans Lane, Arrowtown
    Chocolate! Ice cream and dairy free sorbets.

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