Last Updated: 6th May 2024

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Mt Shrimpton Track

Makarora, Otago

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

Last Updated: 6th May 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 21 ?

Gnarl Factor: 35 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush


Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +20.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -20.2%


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This track takes you through lovely beech forest directly up the hill until you clear the treeline and are rewarded with stunning views over the Makarora river and across to the Southern Alps.

In the Central Otago region, it can be hard to find a nice track with tree cover, so this trail is a blessing with forest covering you most of the way.

The track is mostly straightforward; occasionally there are some small treefalls/slides where you might need to keep an eye out for the orange markers.

You could also continue to scramble further past where the DOC track/topo-mapped track ends towards Mt Shrimpton.

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Windproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

A few streams cross the track in the forested part, but I'd bring water along for this short jaunt.

Avalanche risk exists in the winter & spring.

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Clare Gunton

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Trail Reviews

What I think is that this is the best 1000m vert ever! Fun and not overly technical. Just a lovely angle.

Mike McManaway

November 30, 2023

Wow! Great trail ,loads of fun hard work but so worth it

Adam Clifford

September 27, 2022

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