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Mt Dewar Devil Creek Loop, Otago

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Mt Dewar Devil Creek LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Stu Houston

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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From the park at the saddle climb up the Mt Dewar track, which is a 4x4 road , to the top. from here the track descends down the Shotover Canyon track until a DOC sign junction which you turn left (east) onto the Devils Creek Track which descends down into the Creek. Refill your water here as this is the only water, then cross the stream. The track zig zags up the east side of the creek and climbs up to a saddle, then drops down to the Coronet Peak Ski field Road. Follow the sealed road up towards the ski field (watch for cars, vans flying down the road) then left onto the gravel Skippers Road and back to Skippers saddle.

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Features of interest

Old access to the Shotover River and old farm roads. Great views of the Wakatipu and mountains of the Shotover as well as Mt Aspiring.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 15%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 67%

Gravel Road: 5%

Sealed Road: 13%

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  • Access

    Park at Skippers Saddle just off the Coronet Ski field road.

    Park in small layby on saddle or at the junction with Coronet Road - parking for about 5 cars.

    13 km

    17 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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    The track doesn't have many markers as you are just following old farm 4x4 tracks and at times they are tricky to follow due to high grass Take a map if worried.

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Map.

    The only water is in Devils Creek at half way. This is a grunty run and can be hot in summer - carry water. Devils Creek is clean - I guzzled litres of it (hot day !!) with no ill effect.

    In winter can be snow covered; mid summer can be very hot...or cold. Mt Dewar is very exposed to all weathers all year - a Norwester or Southerly change up here is life changing go prepared !!!

    Wind is the biggest hazard so check the forecast before departing and go prepared. Watch out for Rafting company vans and cars coming down the Coronet Peak road - they speed down this winding hill so stay way over to your right on the down hill side of the road going up so your facing the traffic coming down. Cover yourself in sun block your high up and the Otago sun burns.

  • Post run indulgence

    The Boatshed Cafe
    Frankton boat ramp
    The best location and food in Queenstown

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