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Boundary Creek Track, Otago

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Boundary Creek TrackBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Mal Law

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:45 (Fast)



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From car park head up the broad farm track through some lovely regenerating bush to clearer land above. Just short of 4 km in, and after some 600m of climbing there's a fork in the track. Follow the green DoC 'Track' arrow pointing right, that leads you back towards Boundary Creek. After a few hundred metres you come to the boundary of the McKerrow Conservation Area. The track continues, trending downwards, for around another 3 kms before petering out.

At first it remains very runnable, open track but gradually deteriorates and becomes less runnable as parts are washed away by slips and the bush tries to reclaim it. Towards the end there are a couple of gnarly slips that require care to negotiate as there are some steep drops towards the river and the ground is not too stable! Go as far as you dare before turning around and heading back the way you came.

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Features of interest

Beautiful regenerating bush with lots of bird life; dramatic gorge, mountain and lake views

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 10%

Moderate Single Track: 10%

Easy Single Track: 20%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 60%

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  • Access

    Opposite the Boundary Creek DoC campsite at north end of Lake Wanaka (SH6)

    Small parking area, room enough for 6 cars. Right on main road so should be pretty safe but make sure valuables are taken with you or out of sight just in case.

    49 km

    42 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    Track gets sketchy towards the end so take your time scouting out where it goes. If in any doubt it's time to turn around!


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Gaiters.

    Once in McKerrow Conservation Area there are a couple of side creeks with beautiful pure mountain water. Don't drink out of anything before that as there is stock grazing.

    Not advisable in winter or after heavy rain. The latter part of the track is susceptible to slips and, in winter/early spring, avalanches.

    Take care over areas affected by slips.

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