Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Luggate to Albert Town

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Mal Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 16 ?

Gnarl Factor: 13 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Undulating, small hills only

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +3.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -3.6%


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Follow the Luggage Creek Trail for a km to the confluence with the Clutha. Here a short detour to the Devil's Nook is worthwhile, otherwise turn left and head upstream following the obvious track. After another couple of kms this pops out at the road above the Red Bridge - cross straight over and pick up the gravel trail on the other side, following it up into the Shortcut Road car park area.

Beyond here the trail (now the Upper Clutha River Track) sticks pretty close to the river most of the way, sometimes rising above for great views, sometimes dropping to the side of the water and into shade that is welcome on a hot day. Keep following it for another 13km to reach the car park at the far end. Just before the end you cross the Cardrona River on a footbridge and finish with a couple of hundred metres following this tributary of the mighty Clutha to your finish point.

Your pick-up point is the small car park in the trees, which is signposted just off Kinnibeg St on the outskirts of Albert Town

The Devil's Nook at the confluence of Luggage Creek and the Clutha River; great views of the mighty Clutha from lots of spots along the way as well as deep into the surrounding mountains on a nice day.

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The trailhead is in a residential area - there's no car park as such but plenty of safe on-the-street parking. This is a one way run so unless you want to double it up into a long out & back you'll need to shuttle cars or arrange a drop-off and pick-up.

16 km

16 minutes




Just follow the obvious trail and signposts.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Best to carry your own as there is nowhere easily accessed to top up with safe drinking water.

Typical Otago extremes - can be very cold/icy in winter and very hot in summer. The trail is well made and so don't get too muddy even after a lot of rain.

Watch out for mountain bikers as this is a dual use track.

Trail Legend

Brook van Reenen

Brook van Reenen

has completed Luggate to Albert Town twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Start from Albert town for easy hitchhike back.

Mike McManaway

December 15, 2022

Great fun 👍

Adam Clifford

April 10, 2021

Really nice cruisey track with lots of small undulations for those that are scared of flat trails. We've done a there and back starting from the kayak put in point at the Albert Town bridge. Plenty of partking there.

Matt Doherty

August 22, 2017

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