Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Loopin' Moke Lake

Queenstown, Otago

Submitted by Sarah Coxon

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8

Gnarl Factor: 13








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +4.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -4.1%


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A lovely little loop for all occasions – a nice beginner’s run, a scenic recovery run, or a tempo option with just enough undulation to keep you honest. Great as a standalone, but can also be linked with other nearby trail options for example Lake Dispute Track, Moonlight Track, or the Mt Crichton loop.

The lake is popular for swimming, picnics and camping, so make an afternoon or a weekend of it! This description is anticlockwise, but can easily be run in either direction.

From the carpark, take the short boardwalk across the stream. The first few hundred metres are grassy track before moving onto wide, gravel trail. After a short climb, you’ll have lovely views over the lake and up and down the valley.

About 2.1km you’ll come to a junction with the track to Lake Dispute – stay left and head over the stile. After another short climb you cross over the small peninsula and a 4WD road cuts across the trail – ignore it and carry on.

When you reach the road (about 4.4km), turn left. After 300m or so, there is a small parking bay and orange waratah on your left to show where you regain the trail, which winds just above the lake the rest of the way back to camp.

From here, you can choose to pick your way down to the lake edge to close out the loop, or turn right and follow the camp road back around to the parking area.

Views of the lake and surrounding mountains, boardwalks cross a short section of wetland/bog.

Plenty of parking - if the dedicated parking space is full, there's lots of space around the camp to park up. There are toilets at the carpark.

21 km

15 minutes




The track is pretty obvious the whole way around. The junction with the track to Lake Dispute has a large DOC sign, and where the trail departs the road it is well marked with a warratah and a small cattle stop. Just ignore the 4WD that crosses the trail on the peninsula.


Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Map.

There is water at the campground, but with warnings to boil/treat before drinking.

It can get very hot in this valley over summer (perfect for a post-run swim!). It can be prone to ice in winter.

The trail is popular with walkers and bikers of all ages, so just be aware of those around you. Care also required on the short section of road, which is narrow and can be busy during holidays/good weather.

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James Harcombe

has completed Loopin' Moke Lake twice in the last year.

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Awesome wee loop, stunning views in every direction and a climb to the viewpoint above it afterwards is an awesome way to see the whole lake and mountains at once.

Brad Geen

December 27

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