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Follow in the foot steeps of gold miners and stock man who walked the Bullock track in the late 1800. While admiring the outstanding views of the Teviot Valley, Roxburgh Dam and village plus the schist rock formations, the solid 2 hour climb to the top of the old man range will be forgotten.

Quick Facts

        • Location: South Island NZ
        • Distance: 3.80 km
        • Time needed: 3 Hours
        • Difficulty: Hard
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Double back
        • Elevation: 894m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: No
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    The views are amazing. You can follow the mighty Clutha River from the Roxburgh Hydro Dam through to Millers flat. Looking down in to the Teviot Valley you can pick out the apple orchards from the cherry and apricots orchards.

  • Track Quality

    You can wear you flip flops on this walk, the grass track is easy under foot. But this track is steep.

  • Hazards

    Be prepared for freezing strong winds and really sore legs the next day.

  • Transport


  • Water

    No drinking water on this walk.

  • Driving Instructions

    Drive north of Roxburgh for 3 km you will see the yellow road sign on the right hand side of the road for the Bullock Track. Turn left on to the gravel road, there is an information board for the Bullock Track Walkway and if you are lucky there might still be a brochure on the walk to take with you.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    Roxburgh is just 3 km south of the track. Two good cafes, a small supermarket, post office, health food shop and hand crafts.

  • Area & Track History

    The Bullock Track was used by the Bain family in 1894 through to 1994 to bring their cattle over the ridge and down the bullock track from Moa Flats into his slaughter house in Roxburgh. Mr Bain supplied Roxburgh, Dumbarton, Ettrick and Millers Flat with fresh meat. To keep in touch with their family’s in Roxburgh while mustering there 10,000 acre station in Moa Flats, homing pigeons would fly home with up dates on how the muster was going and if the pack horses needed to be sent in with more food, equipment and maybe another tin of tobacco. 1986 was the last time the residents of Roxburgh saw and heard a muster of 600 cattle or more walk through their town.

  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Bullock Track

    Map of walk

Bullock track walk way car park

Drive up the dirt road for 400 Mt. The car park is very small and mainly grass so be careful how you park your car.

The Kowhai Tree

After you have closed the gate, you don’t need a map, just follow the steep grass track to the Kowhai tree. Don’t forget to turn around and look back to the car park and enjoy the change of the Teviot valley as you walk higher.

Old Man Range

At the Kowhai tree the track is hidden by the bull rushes, so keep the fence on your left, walk for 300 Mt and you will see the track climbing up again to another fence line and a gate, plus you will see the first of four-track markers. There is a small muddy creek to jump over, if it has been raining the day before, it will be tricky. At the top, the road to the left goes to Mt Benger, the right goes to Mt Hope and out to Roxburgh. The track in front of you, Pomahaka Rd run’s out to the 1919 Junction Hut, a very old back country musters hut, built by Jack Howell, W.H Bain, A.J McPherson, and Donald McPherson. If the wind is too cold to put up with, hide behind one of the many schist rock outcrops. I took a pair of 12 power binoculars with me so I glassed the surrounding area while drinking a hot cup of coffee, I saw a couple of rabbit’s, but no deer.

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Bullock Track Accessway 3746 Fruitlands-Roxburgh Road, Roxburgh 9571, New Zealand

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