Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Potters Creek Loop

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 33 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible



Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.6%


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Starting at the carpark on Pipeclay Gully Road, head back up the road you just drove down and take a right hand turn. About 50m onwards lake a left in through the Tennacreif Wines gate (public right of way) and follow the gravel road through which then turns on to a wee access track that passes through a few gates.

After the second gate, hop over the little stream and then take a left up the road up the hill. At the top of this small rise you'll see the Carricktown track carpark. Follow the Carricktown track uphill for the next 7.5km up past the Young Australian Water Wheel (you'll pass it on your left). You're on the look out for a DOC sign on your right which points you towards the Potters Creek reserve.

Jump on this 4WD track and follow it down in to Potters Creek. There is then a small climb back out up on to the tops again, where you keep following the main 4WD track down to Slapjack Saddle. Once at Slapjack, keep heading down in to Long Gully and follow the road out. Before you reach the vineyard, go through the gate on your right, follow the water race for a bit and then head up the hill on the road to the Long Gully track. This track will then take you back to Stewart Town and then you are over the stile to the right of Stewart Town and back down to your vehicle.

Old gold mining relics on the way up (Carricktown, Young Australian Water Wheel), lots of classic Central Otago views.

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Quiet wee parking lot. Hardly ever many cars in there and pretty safe.

9 km

11 minutes




Generally good.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries

Water race on the way up the Carrick Range is fine to drink from, Potters Creek as well.

Very unpleasant in poor weather. Can be bitterly cold in the wind, as there is no cover.

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Trail Reviews

Did this run with Andy Smith.Started at Lowburn so total run was 55km. Really enjoyed the loop and weather was ok. Could have been a lot hotter or a lot colder so we got a good day.
Lost our way a bit towards the end when needing to head away from the water race.
A good loop that I'd do again.

Mark Rigby

December 29, 2021

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