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The Not WILD 20 Mile Course, Otago

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The Not WILD 20 Mile CourseIntermediate

Submitted by Rob Bathgate

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Back country - remote


Very hilly

Open ridges/tops


Not Suitable (Slow)
6:00 (Moderate)
4:00 (Fast)



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This is the full 20 mile course other than the 3k of MTB trails after Coronet Peak Ski Area. These trails are off limits and instead you will need to run around 3k of sealed road downhill from the ski area.

Most suitable for:
Intermediate level runners who are comfortable on technical terrain. The section from Big Hill Saddle over Brow Peak to Coronet Peak Ski Area is off-track (navigation tricky if the cloud is down) and there are a couple of steep drop-offs. Do not attempt if you are not confident with heights. A high level of fitness required.

Easy on the tracked sections. Reasonably straightforward along the Brow Peak ridge in clear visibility but tricky if the cloud is down.

Peaks to be bagged:
Brow Peak 1456m

Trail Conditions:
Lots of easy to moderate single track and a smattering of sealed road, but the sting in the tail is the long section of rough, sketchy trail over the Brow Peak ridge.

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 18%

Moderate Single Track: 80%

Sealed Road: 2%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Big Hill Circuit

Big Hill Circuit

Length: 20.70km

Brow Peak Mini Mission

Brow Peak Mini Mission

Length: 21.00km

Arrowtown Gold

Arrowtown Gold

Length: 19.50km

The Not WILD 50 Mile Course

The Not WILD 50 Mile Course

Length: 80.80km


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  • Access

    The Fork and Tap pub in Arrowtown.

    Plenty of parking.

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  • Staying Safe


    Easy on the tracked sections. Reasonably straightforward along the Brow Peak ridge in clear visibility but tricky if the cloud is down.


    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map.

    There is limited drinking water on the route. We recommend setting off with at least 1 litre of fluid and topping up to at least 1.5L at the final stream crossing before Big Hill Saddle (in the beech forest) and again at Coronet Peak Ski Area.

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