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Mt Rosa Loop, Otago

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Mt Rosa LoopIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible



Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


3:30 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Starting at the carpark at the main road you follow the poled route right up the side of Mt Mason. The track winds up and over Mt Mason, drops down to a saddle and then climbs back up Mt Rosa. Once on Mt Rosa there are great views before you drop down to the Coal Pit Saddle. Here there are many options to carry on, but for this route carry on down the road towards the bottom of the valley. Take a right at the first intersection and follow the back roads through the valley down to join with the main road. A small section of roadside running, which is relatively unpleasant, but is handy for getting you back to the original location - making it a lot less hassle if completing by yourself.

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Features of interest

Great views of the Gibbston Valley.
Old mining relics around the Coal Pit Saddle area.
Up close and personal with Nevis Bluff and huge rapids in Kawarau River.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 45%

Gravel Road: 30%

Sealed Road: 20%

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  • Access

    The start of the track is located just between the Nevis Bluff and the Victoria Bridge. The car park is now in the Oxbow commercial outfit - look out for their signage and park up there.

    Parking is available in a wee carpark at the trailhead. Good parking at Oxbow.

    20 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    Following poles.
    About 1.4km in the route deviates from the 4wd track and heads off to the left. Don't miss it, or you will head towards the bluff rather than up Mt Mason.

    Generally good.

    Thermal leggings, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    No water on track

    Snow on top a possibility in winter. Exposed ridges can be very hazardous during wind/rain.

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