Last Updated: 12th May 2024

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Moonlighting to Sefferstown

Queenstown, Otago

Submitted by James Harcombe

Last Updated: 12th May 2024

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Grunt Factor: 24 ?

Gnarl Factor: 56 ?

11.5km

790m

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705m

  

  

  

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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup

20%
50%
30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -16.2%

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:30

Moderate

1:00

Fast

From the car park, continue a short distance along the road, and take the track marked to the left. From here it's an obvious track that climbs and sidles along the Shotover Gorge. You will reach a high point where there is a track to the left. At this point, head straight on and down hill, following the stone cairns. The track descends a technical section, then continues to undulate, eventually joining an overgrown 4WD track. This track climbs for a short distance, then descends to join another, more major 4WD track (at about 4.5km's from the start). At the junction, turn left (up the hill). Near the top of the hill, there is a sign for Queenstown via the Ben Lomond Saddle. Take this turn, pass through the gate, and continue on for a further 200m's. There is a hill on the right, when you can see the other side of it, look for a waratah that marks the descent to Sefferstown. There is often flagging tape on the waratah, as you are now on the course for the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon. Follow the markers down the hill, then take the right turn towards the huts (marked by a lone standard in the field). Once down by the huts, turn left to the junction with the main 4WD track, then right down the hill. After a short distance, there is another junction (signposted Arthurs Point), at which point you need to turn right again, up the hill. This leads you back up to the junction of the path to Ben Lomond Saddle. From this point, retrace your steps to Arthurs Point.

The track climbs high above the Shotover Gorge, giving great views of the river, eventually arriving at the historic settlement of Sefferstown (Private).

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The car park given in the start point directions is small, but safe. There is a bus service from Queenstown that stops at the bottom of McChesney Road. It's also possible to run along the Wetlands Track from Queenstown, which joins the bike track beside the main road. This would add another 6km's from the town centre, each way, onto the run.

5 km

9 minutes

Unknown

No

Moderate.

There are a few points where it's possible to go off on sheep tracks, and loose the main track. Take care on all the single track to keep following the markers and/or cairns.

Patchy.

Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, 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 bag, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

There are a couple of small creeks along the track, though I wouldn't trust them unless you were really desperate! This track is on Ben Lomond Station, and stock is often encountered.

The track can be very icy with packed snow and blue ice in the winter. During the Spring, it can also be muddy and slippery as the thaw takes hold - there are several steep drop offs and slips, so care needs to be taken.

There are a couple of slips that have left only a very narrow portion of track. If you suffer from vertigo, this may not be the track for you!

Bespoke Kitchen
9 Isle St., Queenstown
http://www.bespokekitchen.co.nz
Great coffee and cake!

Smiths Craft Brewery
Shotover Street
http://www.smithscraftbeer.co.nz
Best selection of craft beer in town.

Atlas Beer Cafe
Steamer Wharf
http://www.atlasbeercafe.com
Good selection of beer. Awesome steak, and a great location overlooking the lake.

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Trail Reviews

Fabulous run with amazing views. Had difficulty finding the descent down to Sefferstown as path across field is not at all visible. Ended up going up too far. Came back down and then did the wee loop in reverse - easier route finding but climbing the hill probably harder than the 4wd track! Maybe also need to point out that whilst there is some 'overgrown' 4wd track, it is not easy underfoot. Might not be suitable for absolute beginners. I loved it though!

Anne-Louise Robertson

December 15, 2022

Great way to take in an out and back portion of the Moonlight Track to gain some great views of the surrounding peaks. Easy car park option at the Arthurs Point trail head side.

Chris Seymour

October 28, 2021

This is a great run as the scenery is fantastic and its not to long, also there are no huge climbs. So its great if you are a newby or not as fit and young as you used to be.

Mike Kerr

January 29, 2019

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