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Lauder Auripo Return, Otago

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Lauder Auripo ReturnBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only


Beginner - Intermediate

2:40 (Slow)
2:00 (Moderate)
1:20 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    At Lauder Station on the Central Otago Rail Trail, just behind the Lauder Hotel

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

    1 km

    1 minutes



  • Staying Safe



    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.

  • Post run indulgence

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

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