Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Long Gully Loop

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Jo Bailey

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 19 ?

Gnarl Factor: 28 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.4%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.7%


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Make your way across the road from the DOC carpark and up the hill to the DOC track sign and split stile. Step over the stile to your left and make your way through the pine forest following the orange triangles. Once out of the forest turn left and follow the orange DOC poles. This is the only spot you may get lost as the matagouri has grown high and the first pole or two are hard to spot. After the first two poles the track follows the farm fence through brush and bracken fern.

Once you reach an open field turn right to follow the fence, past the bee boxes. Enjoy the sound of the creek nearby as the single track takes you onto a farm track which you follow up to Long Gully Conservation area. Step over the stile into the conservation area and follow the poles up the hill and then sidling around the hill to your right along a disused farm track. Over another stile and you are now on the Grandview Ridge Track.

Taking the righthand 4wd track follow this for approx 500m to a junction, to continue the loop take the righthand farm road (If you want to add a little extra vert and views you can go straight ahead up to the radio towers and then head back to the junction) and follow the signs taking you back to the pine forest where you started. Step over the stile to your left and run through the paddock beside the forest to the split stile where you began.

Gorgeous views across the Clutha Valley to Lake Hawea and Wanaka, as well as to Pisa and Cromwell. This run can be run either direction, although I prefer to run it anticlockwise so I can run down the farm tracks at the end.

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DOC carpark directly across the road from the trailhead. Plenty of parking (I have only ever seen one other car parked there)

22 km

19 minutes




After exiting the pine forest bare right to find the first pole, from here you turn slightly downhill - you will see a few trails through the brush - and head toward a farm fence, if you hit the fence follow it, keeping the fence on your lefthand side.


Thermal leggings, Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

No water on the loop

Once up out of the gully it can be very windy and cold, at any time of year. The farm 4wd tracks can become very muddy and slippery after rain and frost.

This route passes through working farms. Be aware of farm vehicles and livestock

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Brook van Reenen

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Trail Reviews

Take your hayfever tablets and a machete with you folks! A lot of growth this summer. Up the deep creek side you'll encounter up to head high grass, bracken, thistles and other spikey weeds!! A stark contrast to the bare Eastern 4wd access. Nice loop though with good vistas of the Clutha basin.

Shonagh North

January 11, 2022

Great little mission.

Adam Clifford

February 20, 2021

Beautiful surprise. Got us above the thinning inversion layer and gave amazing views.Steeper than I thought but a good challenge for me.

Chris Lea

June 1, 2020

Nice loop - great views. Take care not to slice your legs on the matakoura searching for the orange trail markers early on the Deep Gully track. Would also recommend anti clockwise run (Eastern Hills track up, Deep Gully track down) as the clockwise decent on a washed out 4WD track can get a bit tricky.

Michael Ryan

August 8, 2019

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