New Chums LoopBeginner
Submitted by Mal Law
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslands
From the car park head downstream on the Queenstown Trail for 1km before turning left to cross the river on a bridge.
On the far side of the bridge head straight on (away from the river) uphill on Tobins Track. This is a steady climb on 4WD track. A little over 1km up the hill keep a very sharp eye out for a single track trail on your left. It leaves the main trail at about an 8 o'clock angle and is marked with a couple of orange triangles on a gate, but was not signposted last time I went this way.
The trail heads uphill through fairly open scrub/grass and affords great views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Hayes. After about 500m the trail levels out a little and you'll see a couple of orange triangles on a pole, leading you off left. This is NOT the way to go. Instead stay right and you'll soon pick up more orange marker poles as the trail tops out and then starts to drop quite steeply into New Chums Gully, eventually crossing the small creek at the bottom.
After crossing this creek and another small one just beyond, a short climb brings you out above the Arrow River, with spectacular views of the bridge that you will soon be using to cross it. A sharp descent takes you to the river, which you now cross by said bridge. On the far side climb a short way and follow the trail as it turns left to follow above the river.
The last few hundred metres follow a still-working old pipeline. You can either wade across the river or head right to pick up a small footbridge a hundred metres upstream. On the far side a left turn takes you back to the start point.
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Features of interest
Arrowtown is full of old mining history.
Spectacular autumn colours if you're lucky enough to be doing this around April.
Make Up of Run
Moderate Single Track: 20%
Easy Single Track: 65%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 15%
Start of the Queenstown Trail at the eastern end of the free all day riverside car park at the bottom of Arrowtown (off Ramshaw Lane)
Plenty of parking available in the free all day riverside car park but it gets busy in the summer months so an early start is advisable. Or look for an alternative park.
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Keep a sharp eye out for the left turn off Tobins Track and make sure to stay right at the fork in the trail some 500m beyond this. Otherwise the trail is well signed and easy to follow.
Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
No drinking water, so carry your own.
The trail can be icy in winter (Arrowtown doesn't see much sun!) and a bit muddy after heavy rain.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
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