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The Classic Three Peaks, Otago

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The Classic Three PeaksBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Steve Tripp

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Urban fringe

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

4 (Slow)
3:15 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



This is all on public land and can be run at any time of they year.

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Head off along Woodhaugh St and then turn left onto Rockside and then into the trail up to Ross Creek.

Past the reservoir turn right before crossing the bridge to Wakari Rd to take the route up Craigieburn then cross Tanner St onto the Pineapple track.

Head up to Flagstaff summit, then double back to the connection with Swampy Ridge track.

At Swampy cell tower go down Leith Saddle track about 200m take a right turn through flax chute onto 4WD powerline track. Follow this down to the left until it heads into the bush and down into Morrisons Gully.

Keep going down to hit Leith Valley Rd. Turn left and run up 1.8km till you cross the motorway on the overhead bridge. Immediately after bridge the tracks goes off to right, down some stairs and over a couple of bridges, and then up through the forest.

At Cowen Rd turn left to Mt Cargill and follow track down to Bethunes Gully.

Head down the road to the finish at Chingford Park.

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Features of interest

Great skyline views of Dunedin city, Otago Peninsula and the Harbour. This is the route of the iconic Three Peaks Mountain Race. It's been going since 1984 so has a bit of history.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 5%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 60%

Gravel Road: 7%

Sealed Road: 8%

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  • Access

    Woodhaugh St, Leith Valley.

    Lots of parking on Woodhaugh Street.

    4 km

    9 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Lots of spots to take a wrong turn. Best to use gpx. If in doubt you're never that far from the city!

    Generally good.

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

    There's a drink fountain soon after the start of the Pineapple Track but apart from that nothing.

    Can get cold windy and low visibility.

    Mud, some technical bits, roots, slippery rocks

  • Post run indulgence

    Inch Bar
    8 Bank St
    Some good beer on tap

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