Mt. Crichton Loop Track

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This well formed track features rivers, a waterfall, a historic hut/tunnel, native bush and views - plenty to keep kids interested.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2.5 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


A local’s favourite, this loop follows along sections of Twelve Mile Creek through red beech in the gullies. As the track ascends, it passes through mountain beech and mānuka, offering views of Lake Dispute and glimpses of Lake Wakatipu.

Gold miners intensively worked the Twelve Mile Creek Gorge and signs of sluicing can still be seen. A short side track below historic Sam Summers Hut leads to an impressive rock tunnel once used as a tail race.

A link to the Lake Dispute Track is signposted on the ridge on the eastern side.

It takes one hour to walk to Sam Summers Hut from the left side of the track (the true right of Twelve Mile Creek). 

Getting there

The track starts from a car park 12 km from Queenstown on the Glenorchy–Queenstown Road.

Know before you go

Mountain biking is not permitted on this track and the link to Lake Dispute.

There are old mine shafts and steep drop-offs along parts of the track.


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 442 7935
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   50 Stanley Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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