Boyd Creek Tops & Nature WalkIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
Native bushRiversideOpen tussock/grasslandsOpen ridges/tops
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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.
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 20%
Moderate Single Track: 40%
Easy Single Track: 30%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%
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From the Milford Road, after Te Anau downs, on the right there is a small sign for Boyd Creek. After the gate near the highway, the carpark is just 200m up the road.
Parking is available at the trailhead, it's a small parking area but usually not a busy track.
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Do not be fooled by the title "Boyd Creek" -- there is virtually no water available on this track, especially the higher you get!
This track can be done all year in fine weather, wouldn't recommend in or after serious rain.
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