Length: A long way

Fitness level: A good level of fitness

Special gear: Good pair of tramping shoes and backpack is necessary

Summer Precautions: Take plenty of drinking water and sun screen, plus hats and food. It’s a long way from the dairy.

Time required to complete the circuit: 6 to 7 hours hours

Weather considerations: Definitely not during winter or during wet weather

Starting Point: At the Chinese Village, go across the small footbridge and follow signs.

Definitely: No Dogs, No motorbikes, No mountain bikes.

Leave only footprints and take only photos.

The trail takes a left hand turn at the top of the Sawpit Gully Track (see the cairn signpost) at Eichardt’s Terrace and follows a well worn trail up to the beech forrest. Once through the forest, the track becomes a recognisable road and winds up the face of Big Hill and around to the other side. At the rear of Big Hill there is a wooden sign post showing the way to Macetown or to Hayes Creek. At this junction a choice can be made, but for the inexperienced it is advisable to take the Macetown way and follow the poled route (steel warratahs) down to the Arrow River and then crossing the river via our new bridge. Once on the true left bank, its all the way back to Arrowtown.

This trail passes over private land and you are requested to respect the rights of the landowner.

Access is made available courtesy of the landowner and is maintained by the Wakatipu Trails Trust.

Access Map here: Queenstown Trails Map