Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024

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Beat Beetham

Arrowtown, Otago

Submitted by Isobel Stout

Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 15 ?

Gnarl Factor: 39 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Plantation/exotic forest

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.4%


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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!

Return the way you came.

This trail includes the peak Mount Beetham.

Great views of the Wakatipu Basin in all directions.

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

1 km

2 minutes




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.

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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Trail Reviews

A shorter trail but defo gets the blood pumping and heart racing, once you get to the top the sense of achievement is brilliant.
About the trail- tobins is abit icy in places still run/jog/walkable. Beetham has still got loads of snow on it, ground still firm with footing all the way up but still doable would advice grippy trainers or spiky attachments, i wore my lone peaks had a few slips. I did the horseshoe route and slid halfway down so be careful team.

Dave Pearson

July 4, 2021

Did this last night 12/01/21 at sunset, hit the top of Mt Beetham at 9pm glorious view of Arrowtown and Lake Hayes in the sunset!

Lynette ELFICK

January 13, 2021

Short and sharp with great views. As others have said better in the dry. I have a dry run and it was really good. Tobins is just a gravel road but pleasant enough. The slog to the top is just that, a slog. Good ascent for kms ratio. 🕺

Ben Walker

January 7, 2021

A shorter distance run that will still get the blood pumping with it’s gradual climb up Tobin’s and then the sharp climb up to Mt Beetham. Do take care in early dewy morning and frosty conditions on the way back down.

Chris Seymour

December 28, 2020

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