Last Updated: 26th Dec 2023

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Bannock Burn

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 26th Dec 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 26 ?

Gnarl Factor: 7 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly


Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.2%


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Estimated Times to Run







Head off from the bridge and over to Bannockburn Inlet. Head right on Patterson Rd and follow until you reach a farm track on the right hand side. Follow this and stick with it all the way along Bannockburn Creek (Bannock Burn). Once at the top of this track you will reach a gravel road (Hawksburn Rd) which you take a right and follow it and then Bannockburn Rd all the way back to the car, a nice long downhill.

Lots of good views, nice Central Otago countryside - a lot of the time seems a lot more remote than it actually is.

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Some parking off the side of the road, nice public area to leave your car.

6 km

7 minutes


Name: Alistair Hamilton - Cairnmuir Station
Telephone: 0274791858


Generally good.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

Can fill up from Bannockburn Creek when you cross it, but I would treat it before drinking to be sure it wasn't going to cause you issues (I have had it untreated and not had problems though).

Can get quite exposed up on top, so windproof and waterproof would be required in nasty conditions.

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Michael Whitehead

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