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Lauder Creek Basin Conservation Area, Otago

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Lauder Creek Basin Conservation AreaIntermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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St. Bathans

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back


Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


4:30 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

Great views of the upper Manuherikia Valley.

Make Up of Run

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 100%

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  • Access

    Located at the end of Lauder Station Rd, which can be accessed off Loop Rd (between Becks and St Bathans). The carpark is signposted and if you reach the farm buildings you have gone too far.

    Lots of parking available.

    17 km

    15 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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