Sawpit Gully Trail

Sawpit Gully Trail



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4 Face-to-Face

2 Arrowtown

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View from Sawpit Gully Walk back to Arrowtown


Time: 2 - 3 hour round trip

This walk crosses private land. Landowner's property is to be respected at all times. Please remain on the trail. Strictly no dogs or mountain bikes or trail bikes. This is a great loop with a variety of scenery. The easier way to walk is to follow the Arrow River Trail first ie: approach it from an anticlockwise direction. The Arrow River trail sidles high above the river before you reach the turn off to Sawpit Gully. Once in Sawpit Gully itself parts of a water race are followed and piles of stone gold mining tailings are evident once down near the creek. The vegetation changes from beech forest pockets to tussock covered slopes interspersed with prickly matagouri, and the sharp pointed speargrass, common in the Central Otago landscape. Look out for the remains of an old stone hut on your right on a grassy terrace just before you begin to climb out of Sawpit Gully. The cottage was home to a succession of miners and serves as a good resting place. Up the hill you meet the Big Hill trail at Eichardt's Flat and walk down towards Arrowtown with Lake Hayes in full view.


Feature Value Info


DOC Otago

Central government organisation


South IslandQueenstown RegionArrowtown


  • Walking
  • Free


Eva's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

The entrance was a bit difficult to find, but from then on, it was a nice, exhausting (because of the sun), walk with great views.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Claudia's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Rebecca & Hugh Small

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A superb two hour walk that takes you through lots of different scenery with views of the Remarkables. Challenging but not too difficult.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

Claudia's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Very nice, time approx 3hr, fabulous

Reviewed over 12 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

Rankers Owner