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Lake Dunstan Trail, Otago

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Lake Dunstan TrailBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only


Beginner - Intermediate

7:00 (Slow)
5:00 (Moderate)
3:30 (Fast)



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The trail can be run in either direction. This description is for Clyde to Cromwell (south to north)

Starting at the rowing club, it is basically a follow the route. You jump on the trail and follow it as it winds pretty closely to the edge of the lake. It deviates into the hills a little at points and gives some great views. The Hugo bridge at about 14.5km is a good point for a breather and to appreciate the construction!

There are a couple of toilets on the trail whilst in the gorge as well as Bannockburn inlet. For the entire trail you are on a dedicated path and there is no need to tarnish your shoes with road.

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Features of interest

Large suspension bridge, goldmining remains, clip on bridges, great views!

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    The trail starts at the Lake Dunstan Rowing Club, which is at the end of Fruitgrowers Rd just out of Clyde.

    Designated parking about 100m or so before the trail head. Reasonably public, but hide valuable etc as usual!

    5 km

    8 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Trail is very well marked with directions, distance etc.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Some creeks cross the trail in the gorge, up to you if you'd like to fill your bottles up, other than that there is little water between Cornish Point and Old Cromwell (after 18km).

    Will be cold in winter, but still very accessible.
    Will be very hot in summer, so take a lot of water.

  • Post run indulgence

    Grain and Seed Cafe
    Old Cromwell
    Good BLATs and coffee, as well as a nice fire to sit in front of during winter.

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