The residents of Dunedin are blessed with living in a hilly city, and a short walk to the summit of Flagstaff is an excellent way to survey the local landscape. The track to Flagstaff is part of an old bullock and stock trail over the tussock hills. Due to mist it was easy to get lost, so flagstaffs were erected to mark the track, and the name has stuck.
|Elevation||668 m (2,192 ft)|
|Location/List||South Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||45° 49′ 58″ S, 170° 27′ 58″ E|
|Duration||1 hour (return)|
|Distance||3.4 km (2.1 mi)|
|Start/End Points||Flagstaff Whare Flat Rd|
|Sights||Views of Dunedin|
|Hazards||Mud , occasional snow in winter|
From Dunedin, head up Stuart St, and then on to Taieri Rd. Taieri Rd turns into Three Mile Rd. Turn right into Flagstaff – Whare Flat Rd. head up the gravel road until to come to the ‘Bull Ring’ carpark.
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The track to Flagstaff is generally well maintained, and begins by climbing through an area of manuka scrub. As you climb higher, the scrub gives way to tussock and flax, and you will get views of the Taieri Plain and Mosgiel. After veering to the left, the track climbs up and navigates its way through rcky volcanic outcrops as it nears the summit. At the summit there is a plane table, and the rocks can provide a little shelter if windy.
From the summit, you can either return the way you came, or continue over Knoll top, and down Pineapple Track to Booth Rd.