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Boyd Creek Tops & Nature Walk, Southland

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Boyd Creek Tops & Nature WalkIntermediate

Submitted by Sierra Alef-Defoe

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Te Anau

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


5 (Slow)
4 (Moderate)
3 (Fast)



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This track is about 44km from Te Anau, the Boyd Creek track is one of the first trailheads along the Milford Road. 

The Boyd Creek track takes you through enchanted forest, through a large clearing 2/3 of the way up, and then to an expansive hanging valley at the top. The DOC track ends once you reach this hanging valley, but it's possible if you come prepared to adventure further, for example going up and over to Forks Hut and the Mavora Lakes. 

The Boyd Creek Tops Track on its own is about 15 km out and back, the nature walk loop near the trailhead adds about 3 km. The nature loop track takes you past the old Southland Boys school lodge, as well as a turn-off to a track that meets the Upukerora river. The nature loop track is much flatter than the Tops Track, although elevation gain on the tops track is mostly gradual. The track is mostly a narrow tramping track with plenty of tree roots, and some treefall throughout the track is to be expected. Can be muddy after wet weather.

Although the trail is called Boyd Creek, there are almost no water sources along the way (the trail is a fair way from the actual creek) so bring enough water for the trip. 

As this track is just outside the Fiordland National Park boundary in Te Anau Downs, it is possible to bring a dog. Dogs are allowed on-leash, with a permit from DOC Fiordland for the Snowdon Forest area.

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Technical Single Track: 20%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 30%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%

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