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Shirt Tail Grunt, Otago

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Shirt Tail GruntBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Fleur Douglas

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Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

0:45 (Slow)
0:30 (Moderate)
0:15 (Fast)



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Leave the carpark clearing and head directly up the hill. Don't get distracted by the tempting flat trails to your left or right - you're here for a steep uphill!

The trail is marked and directly in front of you. The DOC sign estimates 2 hours return - you can beat that! To begin with, you're on a lovely single track, and a relatively easy gradient. Turn the corner and there's a seat to stop, catch your breath, and enjoy the view of Kingston township. From here the trail begins to steepen and become more technical. You'll soon get to a DOC sign warning about slippery rocks - be careful with them in wet weather, because you're clambering up them.

This will take you up to the small stream you need to cross, and that's when it gets really fun. Cross the stream, and that's the end of the marked track. The steep slope in front of you is what you need to go up. Veer as far left as you can - use the tree roots to help you up some of the steeper parts. Soon, you'll come across a sign - Viewpoint (left) / Bushline (right). Head LEFT. It's a very short grunt from here before you head left toward the light, and suddenly come out on a little bluff. Follow the trail again for another 50m to the viewpoint: stop and enjoy the view! And then - head right back down the way you came, enjoying the sweet downhill!

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Features of interest

You cross a small stream with a lovely waterfall. There's a natural climbing wall just off the trail. Beautiful views up Lake Wakatipu and down the valley from the top.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 40%

Moderate Single Track: 30%

Easy Single Track: 10%

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  • Access

    From the Kingston Flyer Cafe & Bar, follow the road around until you reach the clearing by the two jetties. The trail starts at the upper end of this clearing.

    Plenty of parking in the clearing at the start of the track, or back at the cafe.

    0 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    After the stream crossing, make sure you are heading straight up the slope, to the right of the bluff. Too far left you'll end at the base of the climbing wall, but too far right you'll be heading up Mt Dick. Stick as close to the bluff as possible.

    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Lake Wakatipu at the start of the track or easy access to the stream most of the way up.

    The rock section is very slippery in wet weather and extreme care would need to be taken.

    Slippery rocks and steep slopes. The beech trees on the steep section ensure a constant cover of leaves that are very easy to slip on.

  • Post run indulgence

    Kingston Flyer Cafe & Bar
    Simply the best place to sit and enjoy a well deserved beer and bowl of chips after you've nipped up the hill, situated in the old station house.

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