Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Mt. Crichton Loop

Queenstown, Otago

Submitted by James Harcombe

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 42 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.9%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.6%


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From the car park, take the obvious walking track to the West. After a few hundred metres, at the T intersection, turn right. Follow the track down to the road, cross the road, and continue on to the bridge over the river. From here, you have the option of running the route clockwise or anti-clockwise. Anti-clockwise is most peoples preferred option, as the downhill part is more undulating and a little more interesting from a technical perspective. Either way, the track is obvious and well marked.

Track passes the old gold mining Hut of Sam Summers. Close to the hut you'll find old gold mine tailings, and an interesting channel cut through the rock. The DOC sign posts will explain all!

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Large safe car parking area, with a long drop toilet.

12 km

14 minutes




The only point at which you could leave this track, is at the intersection with the Lake Dispute track. The DOC signs however are very clear at this point.


Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map, Crampons / microspikes (for winter conditions)

There are a couple of points where it's possible to access the creek, however, the run is short, and the need for water low.

In winter, the descent after Sam Summers Hut (anti-clockwise direction) can be very icy.

There are some very steep drop offs along parts of the track. A trip or a fall could have serious consequences!

Smiths Brewery
Shotover Street
Awesome Beer!

Vudu Cafe and Larder
Beach Street
Great coffee and pastries.

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Trail Reviews

Perfect 7km+ loop. Added on a side quest through the tunnel to the waterfalls which was a cool little area to explore. Will be adding this to the after work loop list.

Brad Geen

December 29, 2022

Nice short loop track with something for everyone. Be sure to give it a go in both directions for some variety of undulation and on the go views.

Chris Seymour

June 14, 2021

Everything you could want in a 7km after work run... views, waterfalls, a historic hut, mountains and even some snow tonight... just a wee gem...

Mike Tennent

July 24, 2020

Awesome run,feel an hours a bit of a challenge for a novice or an old bugger like me.

Dick Dutton

July 12, 2020

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