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Moonlighting to Sefferstown, Otago

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Moonlighting to SefferstownBeginner

Submitted by James Harcombe

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Trail Information

11.50km

790m

790m

705m

Otago

Queenstown

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner

2:00 (Novice)
1:30 (Intermediate)
1:00 (Elite)

-16.2%

+15.7%

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Description

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.


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Features of interest

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


Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 20%


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  • Access

    Start point is the car park for the Moonlight Track in Arthurs Point. Travelling from Queenstown, take the first left in Arthurs Point (McChesney Road). Head up the hill, and after about 100m's, McChesney Road veers hard left. Continue up the hill to the highest point, where you will see a sign for the Moonlight Track. Follow the road to the end, where there is a small car park.

    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

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  • Staying Safe

    Moderate.

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

    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!

  • Post run indulgence

    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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