NELSON TRAILS

Six Mile Hydro Walkway

Matakitaki Valley

Six Mile Hydro Walkway showcases the historic remains of the Six Mile Hydro Scheme, in the Matakitaki Valley south of Murchison. The scheme was in operation from 1922 to 1975 and during this time provided power to Murchison and homes in the Matakitaki Valley.

Details
Distances3.6 km return
Time Required1 hr return
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking
DirectionReturn
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited

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Connections

Six Mile Hydro Walkway does not connect to any other tracks.

Access

  10 min from Murchison

 

Six Mile Hydro Walkway is located 10 km south of Murchison along Matakitaki Rd. There is a small parking area on the left side of the road and a green DOC sign indicating the track start.

 

The walkway is located within Tutaki West Conservation Area and there are pest traps alongside it.

Description

The track begins at the small turbine house where there is an information panel detailing the history of the hydro scheme. The track climbs briefly beside the penstock to the old reservoir that fed the turbine, then enters beech forest on a terrace above the true right of Six Mile Creek.

 

The track reaches a viewing platform that overlooks a waterfall at the beginning of a gorge section of the creek, and the weir at the beginning of the water race.

 

On the return leg you can follow another track that runs parallel to the main track and follows the in-ground water race that carries water from the weir to the reservoir.

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Six Mile Hydro Walkway
Matakitaki Valley

Six Mile Hydro Walkway showcases the historic remains of the Six Mile Hydro Scheme, in the Matakitaki Valley south of Murchison. The scheme was in operation from 1922 to 1975 and during this time provided power to Murchison and homes in the Matakitaki Valley.

Details
Distances3.6 km return
Time Required1 hr return
Trail TypeWalking track
Physical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking
DirectionReturn
Dog AccessDogs are prohibited

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Access

  10 min from Murchison

 

 

Six Mile Hydro Walkway is located 10 km south of Murchison along Matakitaki Rd. There is a small parking area on the left side of the road and a green DOC sign indicating the track start.

 

The walkway is located within Tutaki West Conservation Area and there are pest traps alongside it.

Description

The track begins at the small turbine house where there is an information panel detailing the history of the hydro scheme. The track climbs briefly beside the penstock to the old reservoir that fed the turbine, then enters beech forest on a terrace above the true right of Six Mile Creek.

 

The track reaches a viewing platform that overlooks a waterfall at the beginning of a gorge section of the creek, and the weir at the beginning of the water race.

 

On the return leg you can follow another track that runs parallel to the main track and follows the in-ground water race that carries water from the weir to the reservoir.

Connections

Six Mile Hydro Walkway does not connect to any other tracks.

Updated 20 May 2020