Last Updated: 7th Apr 2024


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The Great Naseby Loop

Naseby, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 7th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 10 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest


Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.3%


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Starting at the confluence of the two loops, head back down Wet Gully Rd towards when your car is parked. Take a right on the next road intersection and follow this along as it wind around and down past an empty dam. At the next intersection, take a right on to Coalpit Dam Rd and head along until you reach Coal Pit dam. Head through the carpark and wind your way around the dam in a clockwise fashion. Cross the wee bridge, keep heading around and the head left as you leave the dam. Head through the carpark and follow the signage. A few more turns and you head up a wee hill and reach the water race. Follow the track that winds alongside this (briefly dropping down a small gully then back up again to meet the race again) past Hoffmans Dam and all the way along, back to a small downhill to wet Gully Road. Take a small left and through the opening across the road and head up the hill to rejoin the water race. Follow this along again, past the Swimming Dam on the outskirts of Naseby (public toilets just past here on the right, but may be closed in winter). You'll cross another access road just after this, carry on following the water race for another 300m or so, then its over a small bridge on your left and following the track through the forest. It'll spit you out onto the road once again, take a right and follow this up and around (taking a right at the Y-intersection) and head left at the top of the hill and back down towards where you started.

Old water race, man made earthen dams, The Great Naseby Water Race venue.

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There is a gate on the road which signifies the point to leave the car. A good warm up jog to the starting point of loop. Plenty of space.

1 km

5 minutes




Take a left over the bridge 400m after swimming dam.
Occasionaly GNWR markers you can follow. Small yellow ones, pic included.

Generally good.

Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map

Take your own.

Snow and ice in winter a possibility. Plenty of frost around!

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Trail Reviews

Did a few laps of this a couple weeks ago (16 laps). Good fun in the snow, mud and ice haha.

Ben Walker

September 15, 2020

If you like this 10km loop then definitely sign up for the GNWR event last weekend in August.Good friendly bunch of people in a beautiful part of the country. The loop is fairly flat, but its a nice mix of scenary & trails and if your lucky & do it at the right time of the year you might get a little snow !

Wendy Hawkes

December 23, 2018

Have done this lap 6 times now, both in the Team Event at GNWR. This is a must do event, which makes this trail such a great trail to run! As it follows a water race, it is flatish in most places, with a few steep hills. A lot of the trees have since been felled and you can see in the distance where you are actually going to be running, and it also opens up the views to the mountains. Have got 2 medals from this event and I'm thinking it's now time to increase the distance.

Sharon Sharpe

November 27, 2018

Ahhh have done this loop 21 times so far, for a total of one medal!

Tony Sharpe

May 16, 2017

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