Last Updated: 13th May 2024

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Lauder Auripo Return

Lauder, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 13th May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 15 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.2%


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Starts at the Lauder Station area on the Central Otago rail trail. You then follow the trail all the way to Auripo Station which is located in the Ida Valley. On the journey there it is slightly uphill, but a nice easy gradient. You travel through all the best parts of the rail trail, viaducts and tunnels!
Once at Auripo, trun around and head back appreciating the views and sights all over again, finishing up back at Lauder Station.

So much to see!
Manuherikia Bridge, Poolburn Tunnel No.1, Poolburn Tunnel No.2, Poolburn Viaduct.
Many relics from the history surrounding the Rail Trail.

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Parking is available right beside the start at the Lauder 'Station' on the Central Otago Rail Trail.

1 km

1 minutes





Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No access to water on this part of the trail, so fill up in Lauder before you head out.

Very cold in winter, but very little precipitation.

Stationside Cafe
Easy access for that post run feed/drink!

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Rudolf Plucinsky

has completed Lauder Auripo Return once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Good part of the trail. Maybe bring a torch for the tunnels or adjust your eyes before entering. Took my dog on this run.

Ben Walker

January 23, 2019

Arguably the best part of the Otago Rail Trail. Easy run with wonderful scenery. You may even spot native falcons if lucky.

Simon Clendon

May 26, 2018

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