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Mt Apiti via Castle Rock , Otago

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Mt Apiti via Castle Rock Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


6:00 (Slow)
4:45 (Moderate)
3:30 (Fast)



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Starting at the Devils Creek carpark it is a pretty straightforward route. A good wee mission if you are thinking of doing one of the Northburn distances, similar terrain but accessible all year round. So, over the stile and head up the hill on the farm track. This route follows the farm track all the way up to Mt Kinaki at about 10km in. Once you get to that point, it is then a big dip down in to the headwaters of Devils Creek. Then, it's a mission of a climb back out and up to Castle Rock - not likely to be much running in this part as there is no track and a 35% gradient (this big in-and-out allows you to stay in the Bendigo Conservation Area and not head on to private land).
Soak up the view of Castle Rock when you get there then head along the ridge and up until you meet up with the 4WD track again and head on over to Mt Apiti. Enjoy the vista, then it is back the way you have come back to your car.

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Features of interest

Just bunchloads of classic Central Oatgo scenery.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 10%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 35%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 45%

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  • Access

    Devils Creek, which is located on the Northburn side (hilly side) of the road as you are heading between Tarras and Cromwell.

    Lots of parking off the road, pretty open so should be safe.

    9 km

    6 minutes



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

    Water 11km in as you go over Devils Creek.

    Snow around in the winter. Also, can be very changeable at any times during the year. Very exposed to winds.

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