Last Updated: 4th Jun 2024

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Lorn Peak Lunacy

Kingston, Otago

Submitted by Fleur Douglas

Last Updated: 4th Jun 2024

Intermediate - Experienced

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Grunt Factor: 35 ?

Gnarl Factor: 67 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Untracked / Route only

Average Uphill Gradient: +21.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -21.5%


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Are you ready? Let's go! From the stile at the end of the access road, the route is following the orange poles up the relatively overgrown farm road. Be prepared for some steep ascents as there's more than 200m climbing in the very first kilometre. It's always good to start a run as far into VO2Max as possible! There's limited chances to catch your breath on the way up, both from the spectacular scenery and from the sheer steepness of the terrain. It does get better the higher you go, but for the most part, remember those zigzags you saw going up the mountain on your drive in? You're following them all the way up to the top - which is further back than the false summit you see from the road.

After around 2.7km, you cross another fence and stile onto the conservation land. From here, there's a loop track that goes off to the left - ignore it and continue on up the hill. After about 500m, you run out of trail, and from then on, you're on your own! The best way to the top is to directly follow the fenceline - it leads right to the summit. You cross through some tall tussock and the steep terrain continues. Be aware that there is water underfoot here and it will freeze in winter.

Once you get onto the summit pyramid the tussock gives way to rocky terrain - the fenceline curves away to the left and so do you. Beware of getting your hopes up for false summits, as there's about three of them. But before you know it, there'll be nowhere further to climb, the beautiful Central Otago landscape will open up in front of you, and you're at the top! The way back down is the same route - the only trick is catching the track when you rejoin it from the fenceline, but it is clearly visible as you descend.

This trail includes the peak Lorn Peak.

Incredible views from the top right over into Central Otago, the Hector range and across Lake Wakatipu.

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Plenty of room to park in the paddock at the start of the trail.

3 km

6 minutes




Be aware of generally travelling in the same direction and ignore the loop track (unmarked) to the left after the major stile at 2.7km. This is also the end of the orange markers on your route. Stick to the fenceline once you leave the farm track and you won't go wrong.

Perfect throughout.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map

There is little to no drinkable water on route.

There is a significant part of this route in what you would consider an alpine environment, so be sure to have enough warm and windproof clothes and bring plenty of water.

Kingston Flyer Cafe & Bar
Great food and coffee - and beer - day or night, a wonderful place to sit out in the sun and reminisce about your amazing day in the hills.

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Tony Sharpe

Tony Sharpe

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Trail Reviews

How good? This was awesome, great views from all round at the top and pretty straighforward to follw. Lots of up, loved it

Tony Sharpe

January 23

What a run! And I mean 'run' in the loosest sense of the term because I mostly hiked this. Steep, but you've got gorgeous views every step of the way - so you can stop and pretend you're looking at them instead of trying to catch your breath. An awesome day out.

Fleur Douglas

May 21, 2020

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