Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Boundary Creek Track

Wanaka, Otago

Submitted by Mal Law

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 26 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Open tussock/grasslands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.7%


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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.

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

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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




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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Clare Gunton

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Trail Reviews

Great track. Dogs are only allowed with permission from Makarora river ranch.

Dan Martin

April 28

Great track with awesome views but be aware that the track gets quite hard to follow towards the end. We'll worth it though, I just wish i had the time to carry on around the valley, such a cool spot!!

Adam Clifford

September 27, 2022

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