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Little Criffle A to B, Otago

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Little Criffle A to BBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ben Wallbank

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Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

4:30 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:15 (Fast)



Annually shut for lambing - 10 October till 10 November inclusive.

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From the DOC car park follow the orange markers to a river crossing within your first 200m. This is the only crossing until the other end.

The farmland is a bit overgrown with matagouri in places, so keep an eye out for the markers. Ascend to the ridge, turn left and enjoy views of the Pisa range as you head north towards Wanaka. After about 5.5k of ridge line (after you passed the trig ) look out for a sharp left farm track - it's easily missed!

Follow this grassy 4WD track down and follow the markers (which get a bit sparce) back down to the Cardrona river again. Get some wet feet and head right away from the river (towards the main road) Pick up the markers in the paddocks and follow these until you reach the DOC Little Criffle car park (The Larches end).

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Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 20%

Technical Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 40%

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  • Access

    Start at the southern entrance to the Little Criffle track in between Cardrona and Wanaka on Cardrona Valley Road.
    There's a small DOC carpark just off the roadside to the east side of the road, directly opposite #1142 (Highland Burn)

    13 km

    11 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Generally an easy route to follow with the poles. Bit tricky in low cloud or if the poles are tucked away.

    Generally good.

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

    You cross two working sheep farms, so best to take your own.

    Route and ridge will be in snow in winter season.

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