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McIntosh - Judah Loop , Otago

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McIntosh - Judah Loop Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Lauren Mai Anderson

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Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

5:00 (Slow)
4:00 (Moderate)
3:00 (Fast)



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From the car park head along the road toward Glenorchy for around 250m, cross over the bridge and look for footsteps up the bank on the right hand side of the road and find the official track signage, which isn’t viewable from the road.

Follow the water race, and cross a small stream then continue to follow the fence line up a very steep hill for around 2km (this climb will take the best part of an hour!)

Continue to follow the fence line and then head along the ridgeline. At the sign head up to McIntosh hut, then retrace your steps to the junction and head to McIntyre hut.

Continue down the hill to cross Buckler Burn (impassable after heavy rain) then back up the other side to meet the Judah track. If you still have it in your legs you can turn left and tack on the Heather Jock Loop (extra 5k and 500m vert) otherwise turn right and head back towards the carpark via the historical Smithy Hut, mine, and Scheelite Battery.

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Features of interest

Track passes the Glenorchy Scheelite Battery and the State Mine, as well as a number of historical huts.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 75%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 25%

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  • Access

    Right hand side of the Queenstown-Glenorchy Road, 2 km before Glenorchy, Whakaari Conservation Area car park.

    Carpark at beginning of trail for approximately 20 vehicles.

    3 km

    3 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Easy to follow, just keep your eyes on the orange triangles.

    Generally good.

    Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water available at both McIntosh and McIntyre hut and also from the Buckler Burn river crossing.

    Buckler Burn river can be impassable after heavy rain. Can be boggy in patches depending on the weather.

    River crossing at around the halfway point that may become impassable after heavy rain

  • Post run indulgence

    Mrs Wooleys
    The perfect pie after a hard few hours in the hills!

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