Hayes Creek Trail

  • 4 hr – 5 hr loop track with a road section
  • Easy/medium

From Arrowtown follow the Sawpit Gully Track (0:40) from the Bush Creek end turn left and climb Big Hill (1:00).

Then decend the other side through Hayes Creek and an old mining settlement.

Ending up on the Macetown Road (3:30) for the walk back to the Arrowtown (4:30).

Key information
Walking time
1 day
4 hr – 5 hr
Distance
19.0km
Type
Loop track with a road section
Loop track with a road section
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Bush Creek end of Saw Mill Track
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Ends
Loop via Macetown Road
Maps
NZTopo50-CB11
Altitude
400m – 1,137m
Altitude change 737m

I started at the Bush Creek end and the first 40 mins is an uphill slog to the main trail head. The first 5 mins is quite nice....

Sawpit Gully Walkway Trail Head - Bush Creek End • By TheGMan.

Sawpit Gully Walkway • By TheGMan.

There is a sign post indicating Hayes Creek and Big Hill tracks branching off the Sawmill Track.

Big Hill & Hayes Creek Trail Head • By TheGMan.

The saddle is a gentle uphill of about 1hr. The Hayes Creek trail branches off to the right (go straigh and you get to Macetown). This is where the trail gets a little less worn.

If you loose the trail (as I did) Hayes Creek is the 2nd creek from your right looking down (1st one is Fox's Creek and I'm not sure if you can get out the bottom).

There is some old mining works, some derelict buildings and Shamrock Cottage which is worth a look around. The hut is locked.

Shamrock Cottage - Hayes Creek • By TheGMan.

The walk down Hayes Creek is pretty easy and the track is well marked down here.  You end up on the Macetown road.  It was 12.5kms from the car to Macetown Road then another 6.2kms back to the car.

Took me 4hrs 30mins - I can't imagine there would be too many people out on this trail at any time. A nice quiet walk.

Map
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ID 2376

About this track

Added 28 October 2007 by TheGManTheGMan. No revisions.
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