Last Updated: 1st May 2024

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Young Australian

Carricktown Track

Cromwell, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 1st May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 22 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +11.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -11.5%


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Heads off from the bottom of the hill at the end of Quartzville Rd. The track follows a 4WD farm track all the way up the hill past Carricktown. Just after crossing into the Young Australian Historic Reserve you can see the large water wheel, there is a small bit of single track down and around the historical remains. Then it is back up to the main track and off down the hill to where you began.

Carricktown - abandoned gold mining era town
Young Australian water wheel
Great views of Cromwell and surrounding areas

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Plenty of parking at the start of the track.

10 km

12 minutes




Follows 4WD track

Generally good.

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

There is a water race at about 1100m asl, but I would only drink out of that if desperate.

During the winter and possibly either side there will be snow up the top. It is a very changeable area, so make sure you are prepared for cold weather to blow in.

Bannockburn Hotel
Bannockburn Rd, Bannockburn
Closest place for a beer once you are done!

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Trail Reviews

Sweet little trail with commanding views of the surrounding Central otago landscape, carry water as it can be dry in warmer weather up on the range, saw an amazing storm pass north of me, very special park of the world!

Lynette ELFICK

October 18, 2021

A fun wee climb with great views of Cromwell. A well formed easy going track.

Rachel Bridgewater

May 15, 2020

Being this time of year there is a lot of snow melt starting to happen, so some parts were quite boggy and the conditions can change very quickly so take extra layers for sure! Most of the track is 4WD so nice and wide, and some rocky terrain. A challenging climb to the Water Wheel and surrounding relics, great views from the top across Cromwell & all the surrounding iconic mountain ranges... stunning 360 degree views of the region. I am more of a beginner runner (power hiking up the hills!) and took a few photos too so the 14.5km trip I did today took me 3hrs 34 minutes :) This track will be great training for a few races coming up.

Rosa Cleary

August 12, 2017

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