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Swampy Ridge Track

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.


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

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 1 hour 30 minutes one way
Length: 3km one way
Created: 23 April 1996
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, read the Swampy Ridge Track page on the Department of Conservation’s website.

Photo provided courtesy of Taieri Recreational Tramping Club.