NELSON TRAILS

Eight Mile Track

Matakitaki Valley

Eight Mile Track is a short walk to an earthquake-dammed lake, in the Matakitaki Valley south of Murchison.

Details
Distances3.3 km return
Time Required2 hr return
Trail TypeTramping track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking
DirectionReturn
Start Elevation270 m
Max Elevation440 m

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Connections

Eight Mile Track does not connect to any other tracks.

Access and Description

  15 min from Murchison

 

Eight Mile Track is located 12 km south of Murchison along Matakitaki Rd. There is a small parking bay on the left side of the road and a green DOC sign indicating the track start.

 

The track heads through lush native forest on the true right of Eight Mile Creek, climbing gradually up the valley. Once at the lake, it follows the eastern edge. The lake can be seen through the trees on the lake edge, but there are no easily-accessible viewpoints that allow it to be viewed in its entirety. The lake is home to endemic waterfowl, including New Zealand scaup and paradise duck. The track ends at the southern end of the lake. Return the way you came.

 

Eight Mile Track is located within Tutaki West Conservation Area.

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Eight Mile Track
Matakitaki Valley

Eight Mile Track is a short walk to an earthquake-dammed lake, in the Matakitaki Valley south of Murchison.

Details
Distances3.3 km return
Time Required2 hr return
Trail TypeTramping track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking
DirectionReturn
Start Elevation270 m
Max Elevation440 m

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Access and Description

  15 min from Murchison

 

Eight Mile Track is located 12 km south of Murchison along Matakitaki Rd. There is a small parking bay on the left side of the road and a green DOC sign indicating the track start.

 

The track heads through lush native forest on the true right of Eight Mile Creek, climbing gradually up the valley. Once at the lake, it follows the eastern edge. The lake can be seen through the trees on the lake edge, but there are no easily-accessible viewpoints that allow it to be viewed in its entirety. The lake is home to endemic waterfowl, including New Zealand scaup and paradise duck. The track ends at the southern end of the lake. Return the way you came.

 

Eight Mile Track is located within Tutaki West Conservation Area.

Connections

Eight Mile Track does not connect to any other tracks.

Updated 17 August 2020