Bush Creek BangerBeginner - Intermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
Beginner - Intermediate
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Starting by the toilets at the Chinese Village carpark trot over the little footbridge and turn left up the dirt road. Follow the signs leading to Sawpit Gully and Bush Creek. At the next bridge turn left (signed) and follow the trail beside the creek. There are some decent hills, short and sharp. If you decide to stop running and hike them you won't be the first or the last to do so!
There are quite a few creek crossings, but if you are careful you can almost keep your feet dry, if it's summer you might quite like them wet.
The trail takes you to a saddle with a natural turn around point. The view is exceptional. Turn around and enjoy the flowing easy downhill all the way back to the village.
Be aware, this is a dual use trail and it is a fantastic mountain bike ride also. It's great to see runners, walkers and bikers sharing such a great trail.
Features of interest
The trail runs through old gold mining area (like most in Otago). The forest sections are excellent, the tussocks are like alpine meadows. The view at the top is more than satisfactory.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Easy Single Track: 50%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%
Start at the Miners Village carpark or anywhere in Arrowtown.
Plenty of free, all day parking in Arrowtown by the river.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Follow the signage (Sawpit Gully) across the footbridge from the Chinese Village toilets. It doesn't matter which of the dirt road tracks you take on the way up, they all lead to the same place. Cross the water pipe (more signage) and enter the woods. At the next footbridge make sure you turn left, drop down a few meters and from there you can't go wrong. The saddle is the best turn around, the mountain bike trail beyond there doesn't currently make for nice running.
Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
You will follow a creek (funnily enough) the whole way, but there are goats, sheep etc so it may not be too good.
Water at the Chinese Village toilets is good.
In the winter the valley gets very little sun, the forested section can get icy. The top occasionally will have snow. There are no winter trail markers, so under heavy snow the trail may be hard to find.
There is a chance of cold wet feet in Spring. In the middle of summer it can get pretty hot, take water and sunscreen.
Post run indulgence
Patagonia Chocolate and Cafe
Good coffee, icecream and chocolate
The Fork and Tap
Far end of Ramshaw lane
Craft Beer in the warm beer garden, good hot chips, good food. Sandpit for to keep the kids busy.
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See other runs nearby:
Big Hill Circuit
Sawpit Gully - German Hill
Mt Rosa Loop
Queenstown Trail Anticlockwise
New Chums Loop
Brow Peak Mini Mission
Crown Peak Traverse
Lake Hayes Circuit
Coal Crown Arrowtown
Glenroy Water Race Track
Mt Sale via Crown Peak and Mt Scott
Advance Peak (via Big Hill inbound and Macetown Road outbound)