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.
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).