Butterfly Creek LoopBeginner - Intermediate
Submitted by Joe Benbow
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Beginner - Intermediate
This route is part of the La Cloche Wellington Trails Collection
This is a shorter version of the full Eastbourne Ridge Loop, perfect if you're short of time or want to see the best bits without any technical parts or too much road.
Starting on the junction of Muritai Road and MacKenzie Road, follow Muritai Road south until you come to Kowhai St on your left. Follow this uphill and you will come to the Kowhai St track entrance.
This will take you on a winding zig-zag up through the bush. At the top of the hill, turn right and follow signs for Butterfly Creek down the other side of the ridge. You will soon come to a right turn, leading to the picnic area. This is a worthwhile add-on as it brings you out to a lovely spot by the water (which would make a great swimming spot in summer). There is also a toilet here if needed.
Head back to the main track and keep following the Butterfly Creek track alongside the water. This is a beautiful section where you'll run over boardwalks criss-crossing over the creek. Eventually, the path will zig-zag back uphill, bringing you out at the summit.
Once you've caught your breath, follow the MacKenzie track back downhill and you'll pop out on MacKenzie Road where you started.
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Make Up of Run
Easy Single Track: 75%
Sealed Road: 25%
Start on Muritai Road (close to MacKenzie Road as this is where you will pop back out)
Plenty of parking along Muritai Road but keep an eye on parking restrictions as you get closer to the shops
Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone, Map.
Drinking the creek water isn't advised so best to take what you need
This is a very well-graded track so is suitable for all seasons
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