View from top of Leith Saddle Track
Image: Karen Connor | DOC


This tramping track travels through the cloud forest above the Leith Saddle on Dunedin's Northern Motorway.

Track overview

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Walking and tramping

3.5 hr Easy: Walking track
Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


A well surfaced track climbs, steeply at first, through thick, native cloud forest. The gradient eases before coming out onto open tussock on Swampy Spur.

From here the track climbs to a trig for panoramic views of the city and beyond. After that the track is rougher - more typical of a tramping track - and it’s another steady climb to the vehicle track that traverses Swampy Summit.

This track links with others in the Silver Peaks and Dunedin area, including the Swampy Ridge Track and even the Flagstaff-Pineapple Walk (managed by the Dunedin City Council).

Getting there

The carpark is by SH1 at the crest of the Leith Saddle on Dunedin's Northern Motorway. The track start is 50 m along the Waitati Valley Road.


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Phone:   +64 3 474 3300
Address:   50 The Octagon
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