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Bush Creek Banger and The Steiger!, Otago

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Bush Creek Banger and The Steiger!Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Adam Carlson

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

1:40 (Slow)
1:15 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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This out & back run covers a delightful section of The WILD 20 mile course with a ‘peak’ named by local paragliders thrown in just for fun (and for great views!)

Most suitable for:
Beginner to Intermediate level runners.

Peaks to be bagged:
The Steiger (a local’s name only) 850m

Easy. The main Bush Creek Track is now part of the Coronet Loop Track – a dual use MTB/walking track. If you keep a sharp eye out you’ll see a couple of ‘pedestrian only’ sections of the original track that cut out the zig zags that were put in for the mountain bikers.

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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%

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  • Access

    Start at the Miners Village carpark or anywhere in Arrowtown.

    Plenty of free, all day parking in Arrowtown by the river.

    1 km

    3 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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
    Ramshaw Lane
    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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