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Cardrona to Meg Hut, Otago

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Cardrona to Meg HutBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Kieran Philip

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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Starting at the Cardrona Hotel (you can start directly at Tuhoys Gully but I thought I'd include it from Cardrona to make things easier - 1.5km from Tuhoys carpark) you head down the road towards Wanaka. Turn off at entrance to Snow Park and then take a right turn after crossing the bridge. The entrance to the track start is on the left and is signposted. Once you are on the track, follow the poles for the first part through the paddock then over the stile and follow the farm track all the way. Once at Tuhoys Saddle, take the left hand option to pop over the hill and down to Meg Hut. A great spot for a nice snack break and wee explore (with many runs possible from this point if you're inclined) and then head back up to the saddle and back the way you came.
The bonus of starting at the Hotel is that it provides you with a great spot for after run refreshments.

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Features of interest

Open Central Otago country, great views.
Good quality DOC hut to visit.

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 6%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 70%

Gravel Road: 6%

Sealed Road: 18%

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  • Access

    Carpark opposite the iconic Cardrona Hotel on the Cardrona Valley Rd.

    Heaps of parking in public area, so should be safe, just keep valuables out of sight.

    24 km

    19 minutes



  • Staying Safe


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

    Roaring Meg creek next to Hut.

    Snow on route during winter.

  • Post run indulgence

    Cardrona Hotel
    Ease of access. Plus, its the Cardrona Hotel, it'd be rude not to! :)

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