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Potters Creek Loop, Otago

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Potters Creek LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible



Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

5:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



Restrictions in place during lambing season (spring), check DOC website.

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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 95%

Gravel Road: 5%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Young Australian

Young Australian

Length: 14.80km

Upper Pipeclay Track

Upper Pipeclay Track

Length: 23.00km


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  • Access

    Head to Bannockburn, up Hall Road until almost the end and then turn right into Pipeclay Gully Rd and then park at the DOC sign at the bottom of there.

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

    9 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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    Black Rabbit Cafe
    Support the locals. :)

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