IntroductionFollow the track to an old water race and visit the historic Otago Dam.
The Otago Dam Track begins at the western edge of Grays dam. Follow the stream for 30 minutes through silver beech forest to a disused water race. The track is marked.
There are several stream crossings before the track reaches open country and a climb provides views back down the valley. The sound of the ‘Mares-tail’ waterfall greets you as you reach the Otago Dam. After taking in the dam and its surroundings, return the same way.
This track requires a reasonable level of fitness and sturdy footwear.
The Otago Dam Track begins at Grays Dam, 5 km from the township of Lawrence. Take Gabriels Gully Road from Lawrence and drive or ride past the turn off to Gabriels Gully carpark to reach Grays Dam.
- Avoid this track during and after periods of heavy rainfall. High rainfall increases the risk of the Otago Dam bursting and exposing sections of the track to flash flooding. Flood prone sections of the track are clearly marked with signage. Avoid lingering in these areas and keep to the marked track.
- Check the weather forecast before you go.
Your safety is your responsibility. Stay safe in the outdoors by following the Land Safety Code.
NZ Falcons/Karearea can be seen in the area. Between November and February when they are nesting they can become defensive of their young and perform dive bombs.
More information about the Gabriels Gully Historic Reserve.