Swampy Spur 2

Leith Saddle Walkway

This popular Otago walkway winds through native cloud forest and tussock land on Leith Saddle, just north of Dunedin. It provides panoramic views over Dunedin city and the surrounding countryside from its highest point, Swampy Spur (666m above sea level).

The track is well maintained, and includes both metalled and boardwalk sections. Visitors will require a moderate level of fitness as the track is steep in parts, particularly at its eastern entrance.

The Leith Saddle Walkway links with other tracks in the Silverpeaks and Dunedin hills, for those who want to explore further.


The Leith Saddle Walkway can be accessed from its eastern entrance on Waitati Valley Road, off Dunedin’s Northern Motorway, or from Rollinson’s Road, at its western entrance.

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 and 45 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 Walks around Dunedin brochure on the Department of Conservation’s website.

Photo provided courtesy of Taieri Recreational Tramping Club.