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Ben Lomond from One Mile, Otago

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Ben Lomond from One MileBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by James Harcombe

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Native bush
Plantation/exotic forest
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:30 (Slow)
2:45 (Moderate)
2:00 (Fast)



Sept 2020: The One Mile Creek access is open again, with track improvements that make it easier to follow!

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From the car park, head uphill towards the restored power station. When you reach the station, head right along the obvious, sign posted, walking track. After about 5 to 10 mins, you will join a wide walking track. At this point turn left, then almost immediately right following the sign to Ben Lomond. After climbing through native bush, you will enter pine forest, then come out at the Midway Clearance (there is a water tap here, and usually plenty of MTB'S). Head for the main 4WD track and head up about 50m's, before turning off to the left along the path marked Ben Lomond. From here the route is marked, and obvious, to the top. Return is by the same route.

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Features of interest

Track starts at the site of Queenstown's original power station (plenty of information boards!), and follows the pipeline from the original dam.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 50%

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  • Access

    Pump house car park off Fernhill Roundabout. Take the Nouthern exit (gravel road) from the roundabout.

    Start is within walking distance of central Queenstown. Plenty of car park space at the pump house, or at the car park next to the roundabout.

    2 km

    5 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Early on in the climb, after taking the right turn off the wide footpath, the path traverses next to a pipe for a while, before coming to a junction. Be sure to turn right, as the more obvious path leads down to the creek and is more difficult to rejoin the route.

    Generally good.

    Waterproof leggings, Thermal leggings, Short-sleeved thermal top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions).

    Plenty low down as far as the midway clearance. Non existent after this point.

    Snow and ice can make the upper section extremely dangerous during the winter.

    Snow and ice in the Winter!

  • Post run indulgence

    Smiths Brewery
    Shotover Street
    Great selection of craft beer and the best fries in town.

    Vudu Cafe and Larder
    Beach Street
    Great coffee and awesome pastries.

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