Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown NZ

A very pleasant and easy walk at Arrowtown up the Bush Creek Track through a gorge as far as a saddle, where there are views over the Wakatipu Basin.

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown

I’d done part of the Bush Creek Track a few months earlier on a loop taking in Brow Peak, and quite liked that section. So on a clear Autumn day we returned to do the whole thing, and I was pleasantly surprised. The walk offers a wide variety of native and non-native vegetation along the pleasant Bush Creek, which eventually passes through a gorge on its way to a saddle, where there are good views over the Wakatipu Basin. I liked the open aspect of the upper sections, and the rugged cliffs lining the gorge. There are also nice stands of beech forest and some autumn colours early on in the walk courtesy of introduced trees.

The walk is fairly flat, with a slow incline on the way out and just a few short steep sections. Perhaps the only downside to this walk is that you share it with a lot of mountain bikers. Keep an eye out for those. Track notes at the end.

Bush Creek Track: The Scenery

A few shots thrown in from summer here, but most from autumn.

Brow Peak via Big Hill Saddle, Arrowtown
Near the start of the walk (in summer). 
Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
Autumn colours early on in the walk. Arrowtown is quite famous for its autumn colours, which you’ll see more of around town.

Brow Peak - Bush Creek Circuit

Brow Peak - Bush Creek Circuit
A nice section of Bush Creek in the mixed forest.

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
Looking towards the ridge between Brow Peak and Coronet Peak.

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
Scrub and beech forest in this section.
Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
Panoramic views of the Wakatipu Basin from Bush Creek Saddle, our turnaround point.
Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
Returning from the Saddle.
Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
You can climb to either Brow Peak or Coronet Peak up this spur.
Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
Cliffs lining the gorge.

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown

Brow Peak - Bush Creek Circuit
Wildflowers out (in summer).


Track Notes

Bush Creek Track, Arrowtown
On a track the whole way, and mostly flat with just a few very short steep sections. (Over all there is a gradual ascent to the saddle of 400m vertical metres over 6km.)

The Bush Creek Track is a shared use track for walkers and mountain bikers. It’s pretty flat with just a few short steep sections. You can continue on from the saddle to the ridge connecting Coronet Peak with Brow Peak, and climb either of these mountains to make it a bigger day out. There’s more information on the DOC Wakatipu Walks brochure (walk number 27).

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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