Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Ross Creek and McGouns

Dunedin, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 11

Gnarl Factor: 16





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Type of Run



Undulating, small hills only

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.7%


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Starting at the lower carpark in the Gardens, head through and out the main entrance. Head along Bank St and under the overbridge. Turn right after going over the Leith and head through Woodhaugh Gardens. Stick to the Leith as you go through and then cross over the bridge once out of the gardens on your right. The next part of the track starts off Woodhaugh St which is on your left as you cross over the Leith bridge.

Follow the tack through the bush and up to Ross Creek Reservoir. Head for a wee loop around then head up the track towards Booth Rd (heading on tracks upwards will get you there). Cross over the road and then along a bit and you'll see signage for McGouns on your left. Follow this track as it takes you on a loop around until you meet the Pineapple track. Head back down, meeting back up at the start of the track. Follow your path back to the Botanical Gardens.

Botanical bounty in the Gardens
Lovely reservoir in the bush
Water of Leith views

Car parking at location, but plenty on surrounding streets if it's full. Reasonably safe roads to park on, though a minority of students can cause issues if car parked there in evenings.

3 km

7 minutes




Follow Water of Leith through Woodhaugh Gardens.
Take a left onto track just as Woodhaugh St bends to the right.
Left turn after crossing second bridge to get to Ross Creek.
Take Tanner Track on the right as you pass Ross Creek Reservoir to head up hill. Take left onto Craigieburn to get to Booth Rd.

Generally good.

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

Water fountain on Pineapple Track
Water fountain in Botanical Gardens

Can be pretty wet underfoot, but is generally good at any time of year.

Croc-O-Dile Cafe
Botanical Gardens
Location is very accessible to the run

Vogel St Kitchen
76 Vogel Street, Dunedin 9016
Great coffee, great food, great vibe.

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Trail Reviews

Great track, well maintained easy to get to.

Tom Sweeney

January 15, 2021

Part of track still closed but can detour around closed section by crossing stream and following easy grade bush track up for approx 1.5 km to link back onto water reserve (2 road crossings and keep veering right) well worth the extra distance.

Monica Aarsen

February 22, 2018

Track closed until 2018, stops about 2.5km up from start. Was looking like a great trail before then. Nice urban start.

Dan Boulton

July 4, 2017

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