Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Lauder Creek Basin Conservation Area

St. Bathans, Otago

Submitted by Kieran Philip

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 33 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.0%


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Pretty straightforward, starting at the carpark follow the farm track through Lauder Station. Stay on this track all the way to the top! It is marked with poles during the farmland. This guide goes as far as the broken trig (A3NK) but once on the tops you are free to roam as you'd like through the Conservation Area. A little further on is the Lauder Basin Hut which is worth a visit. Head back the way you came.

Great views of the upper Manuherikia Valley.

Lots of parking available.

17 km

15 minutes




Generally good.

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

No water available

Snow during winter, and weather can be changeable at any time (I got blown to an almost standstill running downhill... in the middle of summer).

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