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Aurora and Kanuka Loops, Otago

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Aurora and Kanuka LoopsIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


3:15 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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The run starts at the Welshtown carpark, head south-ish along the track following the yellow marker poles. This track drops around and down into Aurora Creek and through the old goldmining structures and relics. This then joins back up with a 4wd track, follow this and join up with the road that you originally drove up on. About 200m on this you will get you to a DOC signpost on the left hand side. Head up here and you will get to a new signpost which shows the start of the Kanuka Loop. This then becomes a poled route, with orange markers, which you follow for the entire loop. The first part you run on to the stile in the two-way part of the loop, with the stile being where the loop separates. On the way back, you pop back out in the same spot, you then take a right and head up the Matilda Battery track, follow this up the hill until you reach the Welshtown carpark again. Done!

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Features of interest

Bendigo Scenic Reserve has heaps to see! Mine shafts, old mining ruins, native bush.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 60%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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  • Access

    Follow signposts to Bendigo Scenic Reserve, head off Bendigo Loop Rd, up the hill until you reach a signposted carpark at Welshtown.

    Plenty of parking room at the start of the trail.

    19 km

    15 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    First 5kms follow yellow wooden poles, mostly easy to find.
    Last 10kms follow orange poled markers which are slightly harder to follow (especially if you're colourblind like me).


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

    No water sources

    Very hot and dry in the summer!
    Can be pretty rough up on the ridge when windy, which can be quite often.

    Unmarked mine shafts if you are voyaging off trail.
    Plenty of rocky stuff to roll ankles on.

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