Johnson Creek Track, Murchison about 2hr return

Six Mile Track along the Johnson Creek with a beautiful landscape created during the 1929 earthquake.

This is one of the best tracks to view some of the land changes created by 1929 earthquake. Access to the track is just 6 kms down Matakitaki west bank road. On your way to the tack you pass a much larger slip where 18 million cubic meters of soil damned the river. This slip is hardly noticeable today and the new course that the river has taken is perfect for whitewater kayaking.

At the start of the track there is an interesting small waterfall on one side of the road and a large drop of on the other with the creek cutting deeply into the hillside. 

Most of the track meanders through mature beech forest next to the creek. After crossing the creek the track follows the left branch up to the end of the slip. Here you enter a different landscape with large boulders and a great mud cliff in the background. This is a great place to explore and have lunch before heading back.

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