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Graham's Grunt, Otago

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Graham's GruntBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ultra Pīwakawaka

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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Once you've parked, continue up the gravel road. Graham's Bush signage should be clear. There is a large gate at the end of the road. Climb the steps to the left, and then continue a short distance before veering left onto the track, and then it's a short jog before reaching a small gate and the start of the track.

This beautiful reserve features a plethora of korimako, which can make for a very musical run. The track is close to running water which is crossed at points over short bridges. Expect some slippery rocks and mud year round, but especially after recent rainfall. Some pockets of the track are nestled into a wee nook and tend to stay wet. Once you're at the top you have options! You can take the track back the way you came, or you can make your way back to the Bethune's Gully track and make your way down there and back (if you're feeling like a double climb!) - otherwise, take some time to enjoy the scenery and some of the different sights such as the Organ Pipes and Butter's Peak.

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Features of interest

Grahams Bush Reserve was originally the site of sawmills and brick kilns operated by David Bethune in the 1880s, and became city council property in 1955. Mt Cargill rewards all climbers with a stunning panorama of Dunedin and the Otago Harbour. The Organ Pipes are close by, which are unique volcanic rock formations.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 0%

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 60%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%

Gravel Road: 10%

Sealed Road: 0%

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  • Access

    Turn into Sawyers Bay and travel to the cul-de-sac at the end of Hall Rd.

    Plenty of on street parking near the end of Hall Rd. Don't drive up the gravel road as there's no parking and turning can be tricky.

    14 km

    20 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the description and clear signage and you shouldn't miss it.

    Generally good.

    Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    The stream meets the track near the start of the track. Unsure if the water is drinkable.

    Muddy and slippery rocks after rain. Exposed to cold winds at the summit.

    Keep an eye out for livestock at the beginning of the track which rarely wander down from a neighbouring private driveway.

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