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Sawpit Gully Track is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 1,318 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Wildlife No dogs
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This track crosses into private property, stay on track. Taking the route counterclockwise will make for an easier trek

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Franko Krech
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WalkingGreat!
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Emer O' Malley
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Nice trail. Good views from the top.

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Jamie T
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Haylee Caravalho
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Hiking

Really fun! Little jumps over the river a bunch but it was easy. Great views either way. We went counter clockwise. This was is move of a scramble up but a lot shorter ascent. Clockwise is a lot longer and I think more challenging with a consistent gradient

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Teresa User
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Icy

Agee with everyone saying to go anticlockwise. Was a icy and slippery in a lot of places. Decent footwear recommended.

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Simone Cameron
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HikingOver grown

Great track, recommend going counter clockwise. Potential for feet to get wet with crossing stream but rocks there. Detour to the summit, the hike up is worth the views. Narrow and icy in places. This is a great hike.

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Louie Chua
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HikingRocky

Very fun moderate hike. Some areas are wet and muddy. But you can hop around the rocks to avoid the water.

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Sophie Prugnaud
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HikingBlowdownFeeOver grown
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Jennifer Stumm
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, lots of diversity with river, forest and views. I recommend going counter clockwise as steeper parts up are followed by level parts

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Lauren Brown
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Did this trail on Tuesday, February 25. The day was sunny and I was perfectly comfortable in shorts and short sleeves. Is mostly up-hill from either direction and peaks at the look-out point next to German Hill. Beautiful views towards Lake Hayes and Cecil Peak. Recommend the quick scurry to the top of German Hill. And the short detour to the Norman Smith Bridge in the Arrow River Gorge. About 1/3-1/2 in open tussock, so sunblock is recommended. Due to recent rains and stream-crossings, a couple spots that are muddy and guaranteed to dirty your shoes. No water sources, so bring your own. Was a bit overgrown in areas, but I don’t mind that much personally. I started from the Arrow River Gorge/Trail, and did the loop counter-clockwise, which I would recommend. Happy trails!

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Thomas .
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MuddyOver grown

Good track with nice views. Muddy at parts but definitely not too hard. Maybe don't do it right after heavy rainfall. Couple of fun and easy river crossings. Runners are fine, but don't ruin your fresh sneakers.

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Dor Hirsch
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Hiking

nice trail, not amazing but easy and nice.

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Brooke Saunders
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Walking

Mint track! Worth the effort in the non-sheltered parts. Nice rivers along the way

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Emily L
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Definitely take it anti-clockwise. Hiking shoes recommended due to the river crossings. Took us about 3 hours with a large amount of time spent at the summit having lunch.

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Paul Sherrock
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Walking

A good walk. About 8 km and 2 hours. Quite steep in part. Your feet will likely get wet through some small trickles of water....ankle deep at most.

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Brooklyn Middleton
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Hiking

beautiful walk! i went anti clockwise. your feet will get wet with creek crossings of roughly 6 times so wear correct footwear. track is also very narrow. it is a very pretty track!

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Mike Kalvin
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Hiking

The trail itself is narrow (think goat path) and windy and challenging to navigate. Perhaps it should be called sawtooth gully - the switchbacks are a sharp as saw tooth’s!! Despite the lack of a well established trail, we really enjoyed the trail, the varying terrain and the views!!

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Marissa Grace
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Tara Thoubboron
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful loop trail up through the mountains behind Arrowtown. Counterclockwise has less of a steep ascent. Highly recommend some good footwear as a couple river crossings where you will likely get your feet wet.

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Brodo Baggins
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Hiking

Fantastic trail,one of my favorites,is exposed can be muddy and you can see summer and winter weather no matter what the season in one day,saw mill ruins and gold mining relics scattered about the valley,trail is short but shouldn’t be under estimated as people have had to be rescued from up there, the steepness and width of the trail in parts will challenge anyone without a decent level of fitness expecting a moderate walk.not exactly hard but it’s no lake Hayes loop or Arrowtown bridge trail.

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Stan S
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Yante VH
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HikingFloodedMuddyPrivate property

This was a great trail! It was challenging (we went clockwise on the track - were told that counterclockwise is easier as it is a less steep ascent) and fun, but it was also one of the prettiest tracks we’ve ever hiked! The wildflowers and nature, combined with the scenic views of the mountains, made the hike up well worth it. I do recommend wearing sturdy, waterproof footwear: recent rain made the creek a lot wider (and you have to cross that one a lot), and even flooded part of the path. My boyfriend didn’t wear appropriate footwear (tsk) and it turned into a true teambuilding activity trying to keep his feet dry. :)

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Sarah Beck
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Hiking

Excellent trail! Steep in parts, a few creek crossings. Recommend watertight shoes. Bring sunscreen as the middle third is totally exposed. Amazing views, excellent workout for a few hours

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Jenna Pelling
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HikingMuddyPrivate property

Great hike. We did it with a 2 yo. Track is quite easy but I recommend some level of fitness.

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