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Lake Johnston Ferry Hill Loop , Otago

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Lake Johnston Ferry Hill Loop Beginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Chrissy Schreiber

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Urban fringe


Undulating, small hills only

Native bush
Open farmlands

Beginner - Intermediate

2:15 (Slow)
1:45 (Moderate)
1:15 (Fast)



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From the Bridge Street car park follow the Frankton Trail towards the Frankton Beach. After 500m leave the Frankton Track and head up Allan Cres passed the Remarkables Primary School on your right. At the top of Allan Cres turn left onto Lake Ave. Follow Lake Ave for 200m and turn right at the council sign ‘to McBride Street’. At the top of this wee track, cross McBride Street and head across the grassy section towards SH6. Head for the traffic lights on your left and follow the track to the events centre.

At the events centre turn left and follow the road to SH 6 (Ladies Mile). Cross SH6 and head for Hansen Road. Hansen Road will take you all the way to Tucker Beach Road. The first part of Hansen Road is paved/gravel, after 800m you will reach a gate and Hansen Road turns into a farm track. You will get to an intersection (about 3.6kms into your run), turn left to stay on Hansen Road.

Follow this track, you will cross two gates and you will get back to paved/gravel parts of Hansen Road. Turn left here until you get to Tuckers Beach Road. Turn right at the intersection and follow the Tuckers Beach Road for 300m, turn left onto a 4WD track that will take you to Tuckers Beach. Once at the Tuckers Beach car park turn right, follow the track for 100m and turn right to follow Tuckers Beach Track all the way to the Old Shotover Bridge.

The view from the bridge up to Coronet Peak is breath-taking. From Old Shotover Bridge follow the Twin Rivers Trail back to Kawarau Bridge.

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Features of interest

Historic Kawarau Falls Bridge and Old Shotover Bridge

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 76%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 6%

Gravel Road: 12%

Sealed Road: 6%

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  • Access

    There are multiple points to start this loop including historic Kawarau Falls Bridge, Queenstown Events Centre or Old Shotover Bridge. For the Wild Things loop you will want to start from the Bridge Street car park at the historic Kawarau Falls Bridge.

    Ample parking at the Bridge Street car park or all over the grass along Bridge Street at the start

    8 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Perfect throughout.

    Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.



  • Post run indulgence

    Black and White Coffee Cartel
    B06 Queenstown Central, 19 Grant Road, Frankton, Queenstown 9300

    Boad Shed
    847 Frankton Road, Frankton Marina, Queenstown 9300

    Altitude Brewing
    827 Frankton Road, Frankton Marina, Queenstown 9300

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