Trail Info


Trail type: Walking
Direction: One way

Walking Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
Distance: 3 km

Fitness: Low

Dog Friendly: Unknown

Swampy Ridge Track ascends to the 739m high Swampy summit for picturesque views of the surrounding area.

Part of the track follows a 4WD track which showcases a vibrant red soil from which the region’s name is derived. The red ochre is known as takou in Māori and the name Otago comes from Otakou, meaning the place of the red ochre. The track also passes by peat swamps where Moa gizzard stones can be found. However, other animal remains disappear in the acidic soil and water.

Swampy Ridge Track links with other walking tracks in the area.

How to get here

Swampy Ridge Track can be accessed from the carpark on Semple Road in the settlement of Waitati, or from the Pineapple – Flagstaff Walkway.

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Credit photo & content to NZ Walking Access Commission

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