Last Updated: 27th Jan 2024


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Welshtown via Koinga, Kanuka and Logantown

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 27th Jan 2024


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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 45 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +14.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.9%


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Starts at the Mt Koinga DOC trailhead sign. It then follows up a 4wd farm track for the first 3km. Near the highest point, you will see a saddle on the left, leave the 4wd track and join up with the Kanuka Track which is a poled route. You then follow the orange markers poles down the track into Logantown. The track then winds through the old goldmining ruins up through Welshtown and is pretty clearly defined and marked.

Track goes through awesome schist tors, makes its way through a myriad of old goldmining relics and settlements.

Plenty of parking at the rest area on the Tarras-Cromwell Rd.

14 km

10 minutes




Just after coming down from the highest point the poled track goes down a different route than the one shown on the Topo map.

Generally good.

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

No locations of drinkable water that I am aware of.

Very hot in summer.

Old goldmining area, there are unmarked mine shafts off track.

Grain and Seed Cafe
Old Cromwell Precinct, Cromwell
Great service and they do the best BLT sandwiches!

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Trail Reviews

This is a great grunt to Welshtown. Stunning views and very practical as you can camp at the bottom near the lake. The smell of the thyme and the great rock formations are a huge highlight. Welshtown and Logantown very interesting places.
Would definately be easier to run in reverse (sweet downhill from Welshtown), but otherwise good hill training ;) I personally found the gpx-file very helpful as the start can get a bit confusing. It is unmarked and there are a couple of other trails crossing the route. Once you're near the Kanuka track you'll see the orange markerpole a bit further on the hill across the grassy field. Just go straight up there (the track seems to go to the right, but it stops a bit further near some cool rocks), hop over the fence (you can tell you're not the first one to do so) and enjoy to the end.

Vee (Veerle) Geens

April 28, 2023

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