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Pigeon Island Loop, Otago

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Pigeon Island LoopBeginner

Submitted by Lindsey Francis

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open ridges/tops


1:00 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



Grown over with bush in some areas but still navigable.

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Easy bush route to follow with points to turn down to the rocky beaches. Undulating terrain but easy. Bush bashing a bit sometimes but nothing crazy - might be good to have long pants. Route will take you up to the summit. You can loop either way. Route begins from the Queentown end of the island where the campsite is.

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Features of interest

Many native birds on the island as it is mostly predator free. Watch for wekas in particular.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 90%

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  • Access

    Along the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road, pull off the road on the lake (Wakatipu) side at Lake Face Creek Falls DOC signage. Gravel track leads down to a lake access. Boat or paddle across to Pigeon Island (there are 2 islands there - the flat one being Pig Island and hilly one being Pigeon Island). On the Queenstown side of Pigeon Island is a QLDC hut and campsite - the track begins there.

    Room for approximately 10 cars at Lake Face Creek Falls pull in to park. Smithy's Hut on Pigeon Island is first come first serve plus a big camp site for tents. No public transport. Will need a boat of some sort.

    9 km

    8 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Very patchy.

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

    Only lake water available.

    As in all mountainous areas, weather is variable and you are more exposed being on a small island. Prepare appropriately.

    Lake can pick up in wind and waves in that area very quickly so bare that in mind for your travels back to the Lake Face Creek car park.

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