Mountain Dog Challenge Otago Info Page

HEY PUPS IN THE SOUTH! READY FOR SOME ADVENTURE WITH YOUR HUMAN AND TO CLIMB 10 MOUNTAIN TRACKS IN THE GREATER OTAGO AREA?  

Some are easy, some are hard and there are interesting things to see as well. Some you need to reach the summit, others you just need to make the high point or the ridge. There is no time limit in how long you have to do them.

How it works….

-Climb to the summit or ridge with your dog.

-Take a photo or video and post to your Facebook and Instagram accounts. Tag the shop @furtherfasternz so we can share the love.

-You can also share with the Adventure Folk (and Dogs) Facebook group page.  

-Use the hashtags #furtherfasternz #mountaindogchallenge

-When you have completed the 10 official tracks give us a holla and we will make sure your Dog gets their exclusive Further Faster Mountain Dog Challenge Bandana! Its free, they earnt it!

 

This is the Otago Edition... 

- Mt Iron, Wanaka: Deets Here... 

- Rock Peak Track, Crown Range Saddle: Deets Here... 

- Tobins Track, Arrowtown: Deets Here... 

- Kanuka Loop Track, Bendigo: Deets Here... 

- Basin View Tramping Track, Alexandra: Deets Here... 

- Obelisk Loop Track, Alexandra: Deets Here... 

- Flagstaff Summit, Dunedin: Deets Here... 

- Swampy Summit, Dunedin: Deets Here... 

- Mt Cargill, Dunedin: Deets Here... 

- Waipohatu Waterfalls Track, The Catlins: Deets Here... 

 

TWO BONUS TRAILS THAT ARE SUMMER ONLY... 

SUMMER ONLY Coronet Peak – M1 Hiking Trail (Dogs on Lead) Deets Here... 

SUMMER ONLY Cardrona – Mt. Cardrona or Cardrona Summit: Deets Here... 

And if you're travelling round the country, make sure check out the Wellington and Canterbury editions of the Mountain Dog Challenge!

The Rules

-All these peaks are Dog Friendly at time of writing (May 2024), however if you find that this has changed, please let me know and respect the current guidelines.

-There may be livestock at places, make sure you follow the famers and DOC rules and use a leash at all times when required.

-Mother nature can be a total cow, so if something happens that may put you in danger, turn around and stay safe. Take a photo where/if you can and we can pretty much take that as proof of a good effort (which is good enough for us!)

-You do this at your own risk, you will need experience and the right gear. If you are unsure stay safe and build up. There is plenty of time to get it done.

-Your dog will need to be fit and old enough to do some of these peaks. Chat to your vet if you are unsure.

-You can find details about these hikes on the DOC website, some on our blog and other places. It is up to you to be responsible for your navigation skills and confidence in using them. https://www.orienteering.org.nz can be a good place to learn these skills or better yet, take a friend who knows what they are doing.

-If you decide to head up a peak with another group member, we recommend that you meet for a dog date first to make sure the dogs (and humans) get on. Have fun, the most important part!

Get out there, see some of our amazing country and even meet some more adventure folk. 📸 ⛰️

Thank you so much for being a part of this, for respecting the values of our community and helping Adventure Folk be a rad place to be!

Cheers,

Julz & Badger

And a huge thanks to all the ladies who helped with ideas for trails and testing them out: Amanda and Henry, Lucy and Ted and Kate and Boots. A special thanks to Helen and Tui who were the reason we started an Otago Mountain Dog Challenge!