Last Updated: 16th Jan 2024

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Flagstaff Swampy Circuit

Dunedin, Otago

Submitted by Dan Boulton

Last Updated: 16th Jan 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 17 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.6%


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From the Bullring carpark head west and continue down Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd. This is a 2.6km descent down a forestry road, nice and fast to warm the legs up. At the junction at the bottom head right up Rollinsons Rd and you are straight into a 5km easy ascent to Swampy Summit. Take your time there are great views and other trails to explore off this if you choose.

When you hit Swampy Summit you will follow the ridge along for about 1.5km, before bearing right and following the signs to Flagstaff. The track becomes more technical here. You will have a few ups and downs for 1.9km before you come to a track junction. Turn right at the sign that says Flagstaff Summit and head up hill rolling over the first hill before climbing to the summit. Great views from Flagstaff. Now it is an easy meander down to the car park.

This trail includes the peaks Flagstaff and Swampy Summit.

Great accessible run from Dunedin. Great views over the city and down over the Tairei Plains.

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Lots of parking

8 km

14 minutes




Pretty easy. The track is narrow and the tussocks can hide the track between Swampy and Flagstaff. Can easily come off it at night. Easy to find though. Also watch the fog in winter, it can come in fast.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There are streams, but not sure on quality.

Can be muddy between Swampy and Flagstaff

Fog in winter, if it is going to be foggy use a watch with a bread crumb.

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Trail Reviews

Nice track for a regular hill run. Spectacular views over Dunedin when the weather cooperates!


January 19, 2020

Fabulous run!!!! Nice mix of dirt road and track.

Crystal Brindle

July 22, 2018

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