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Cairnmuir Hill, Otago

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Cairnmuir HillIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


4:00 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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Starts just off Cornish Point Road and heads up a gravel road for the first wee while. Before dropping down into a gully you veer right onto the DOC track proper and head up the hill. You keep heading up the hill following the farm track, then you head up the hill some more. You eventually get to the top of the hill (Cairnmuir Hill), then you have earned the lovely downhill run back to the car.

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Features of interest

Great views looking down into Cromwell Gorge and over to Alexandra. Old musterers hut located on track is a nice spot too.

Make Up of Run

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 80%

Gravel Road: 20%

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  • Access

    Carpark is located just off Cornish Point road, on your right as you head NE. If you hit gravel you have gone too far.

    There is a small parking area at the start of the track.

    11 km

    13 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    None, so take plenty.

    Snow on top at times during winter, very cold and exposed most of the time. Windproof clothing is recommended.

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