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Ross Creek and McGouns , Otago

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Ross Creek and McGouns Beginner

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest


1:30 (Slow)
1:10 (Moderate)
0:50 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 80%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

Sealed Road: 10%

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  • Access

    Car park at the lower part of the Botanical Gardens.

    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



  • Staying Safe


    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.

  • Post run indulgence

    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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