Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community


don't have an account?

Alternative Flagstaff Circuit, Otago

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

Alternative Flagstaff CircuitIntermediate

Submitted by Dan Boulton

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information







Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


2:45 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.



Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now


Head up through the gardens, keeping the Leith River to you right. Cross over Malvern Rd and immediately head up Woodhaugh St for 150m before joining the Leith Walkway again. Stay on this for 600m crossing a couple of bridges. After the second bridge, turn left and head up the trail. Further along, cross the stream and head up the left hand side of the stream until you get to the road. Turn right onto the road for 800m until until you get to the Ross Creek Carpark . Head into the trails again and take the first left, follow this for 200m cross the road and join the trail again. Follow the McGoun Track which switch backs all the up to McGoun Rd. Turn left onto McGoun Rd. Continue up this road for 350m and look out for a less defined track to your right. This the start of the technical single trail that climbs you right up to the main Flagstaff Summit track. This a 2km climb. Keep an eye on the track as easily disappears.

Once on the main track, turn left and take this to the Flagstaff Summit about 1km. Turn around and head back down, but stay on the main trail until you hit a T junction. Take a right and head down Pineapple TK for 1.6km and then right on to McGuon Tk. Once on the 4WD road, turn left until you get to a sealed rd. Turn tight and after 50m cross over the road and head into the bush trails again. Stay on these, keeping the Ross Creek Reservoir on your right until you hit Rockside Rd, turn left onto Rockside and then right onto Tanner and then left back onto Rockside again following the road down until you get to the Leith Walkway entrance on your right. , just before Malvern Rd. Follow the Leith Walkway all the way back to your car.

Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

Great views over Dunedin, and some brilliant bush trails.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 15%

Moderate Single Track: 25%

Easy Single Track: 60%

Route Data


You must register or login to view this content.

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

Green Hill via Swampy

Green Hill via Swampy

Length: 30.00km

Ross Creek and McGouns

Ross Creek and McGouns

Length: 10.90km

Pineapple and Flagstaff

Pineapple and Flagstaff

Length: 7.60km

2.8 Peaks Dunedin

2.8 Peaks Dunedin

Length: 28.00km


You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    Start at Woodhaugh Gardens entrance top of George St.

    Lots of parking on George St.

    3 km

    7 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    The steep track up to Flagstaff isn't well defined, just keep your eyes peeled. Sometimes the tussock and flames can grow over the trail.

    Generally good.

    Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.


    Icy in winter and the clouds can come in so be careful.

    Clouds and visibility. You are close to Dunedin but very exposed in places.

  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:


Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register