Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Six Mile - Matakitaki Walk, Murchison

Murchison, Tasman

Submitted by Jenny Hirst

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 9 ?

Gnarl Factor: 39 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.2%


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Start at the info board on Matakitaki Road. Go through gate and across paddock heading uphill to start of track (there is another gate here). The track zigzags 50 metres uphill beside the old penstock to the intake and water storage reservoir. From here it follows the water race before continuing in the forest on a higher terrace. There is a side track track (about 1.5km up) that leads to a viewing platform above the old weir which diverts some of the Six Mile Creek down the water race. Below the weir ire waterfalls and rapids, worth a look at.

The track then continues, becoming more overgrown, and climbing gradually. You are alongside/above a river and eventually reach a clearing beside the river where it would be possible to swim and stop for a rest before returning. It may aso be possible to continue further but the track is not well marked beyond this point. On the return there is the option of a loop track which descends from the upper terrace to follow along the water race, before rejoining the main track.

Remains of the Six Mile hydro power station which provided power to Murchison and the area until 1975. Beech forest, river, waterfall, birdlife.

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No public transport. Small parking area near info board.

10 km

14 minutes




The first couple of kms are easy to follow but in summer the next section was a bit overgrown so pays to check for markers


Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Cellphone

None, aside from river.

Probably muddy in winter

Livestock in paddock at start. Upper part of trail has a bit of a drop on one side, some fallen trees etc.

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Trail Reviews

I did this trail with my husband after staying the night in Murchison. It was a nice wee trail in lovely bush. The trail is over grown as you get further in, so this made it difficult to run ( I am not very confident running when I can't see where my feet are going). The short board walk was slippery, as mentioned above. We did a few loops of the side track at the end to get a few more Ks of running in.

Maria Earl

April 24, 2022

The trail makes for a great run up to the weir viewing point but shortly after the track becomes very overgrown and there is currently a slip and tree fall making the trail end inaccessible.

Garry Walker

January 11, 2022

This trail was absolutely perfect for me on the day... it may have been rainy and the trail overgrown in places but I loved every minute of it.... a real wee gem!

Mike Tennent

December 23, 2020

Nice trail leading to a swimming hole which would be a great private picnic spot on a sunny day. Be careful walking through the overgrown bush as I nearly stepped on a Weka scurrying across the trail. It should get the FKT given the speed it moved!

John OConnell

November 15, 2020

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