On-leash | Loop walk and Point-to-point | Distance: multiple | Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours | Difficulty: Easy and Medium | Exposed to the weather

Blue Lake Loop Track (2 km, 30 mins, loop track, easy)

This 2 km loop track is a great opportunity to experience some of the history and natural beauty that St Bathans has to offer. As you make your way around the track, you’ll be able to see old sluicings and remnants of the goldmining equipment that was used here. It’s a chance to step back in time and see the machinery that literally converted Kildare Hill into a lake.

The Blue Lake Loop Track also offers an opportunity to experience the conditions that the miners had to work in. From searing hot summers to freezing cold winters, the miners had to endure it all. As you walk the track, you’ll be able to imagine what it must have been like to work in such extreme conditions.

Around Blue Lake Loop Track (1h 30mins, loop track, medium)

If you have a bit more time to spare, we highly recommend the tramping track around Blue Lake. This 1 hour 30 minute track offers spectacular views over the lake and the township. It’s a great way to see the natural beauty of St Bathans.

St Bathans to Domain (30 mins, point-to-point, easy)

If you’re up for a bit more adventure, the tramping track from St Bathans to St Bathans Domain Campsite is another great option. This 30-minute track offers an off-road route to the St Bathans Domain.

Getting there:

To get to the Blue Lake Loop Track, turn off SH85 between Alexandra and Ranfurly to St Bathans and take St Bathans Loop Road. Once you reach the town, go off the main street to the DOC carpark where the track is nearby.

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