Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Roaring Meg Pack Track

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 30 ?

Gnarl Factor: 22 ?

18.0km

1040m

900m

1189m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Riverside

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

30%
35%
20%
10%
5%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.0%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

3:30

Slow

2:45

Moderate

2:00

Fast

Starting at the reserve, head up the poled route until you meet up with the dam access road. Follow this up the hill until you reach the stile at the end. Then it becomes a single track marked by poles, follow this along until you reach Plank Creek, where you will have to get your feet wet and cross the Roaring Meg creek. Continue following the poles up until Tuhoys Saddle. It's then an easy cruise down the farm road/pack track until you reach the car park.

Dams, Rivers, Mining relics

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Room for parking at trail head, pretty secluded so I'd take valuable with you.

15 km

11 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

Just keep an eye on the poles and you should be ok.

Very patchy.

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

Roaring Meg available at points, easiest is when you cross it at Plank Creek.

Very snowy during winter, would be difficult to find track in heavy snow.

Just the usual footing issues.

Cardrona Hotel
2312 CARDRONA VALLEY ROAD, RD2, WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND
http://cardronahotel.co.nz/
It's the Cardrona Hotel, you have to get amongst it. :)

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Can be run in either direction

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Trail Reviews

Good trail - started at Roaring Meg. Was hard to follow the trail for the first half due to spring/summer grass growth, but once on the DOC side was easy. We took a few slight detours as a result, so carry a topo map or app! Lots of speargrass. Was a great day trail though! Took us just under 4 hours. Finished at the Cardrona pub after :)

Michelle Wright

January 20, 2019

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