13.9 miles
1,966 ft
-1,945 ft
2,653 ft
High Point

Nice pedal loop from Arrowtown. Can also be started on Coronet Peak station rd where Hot Rod ends but Arrowtown has good pubs
Starts with a cruisy spin on Malaghans RD (soon to be replaced by trail in 2021/22) then a steady climb up Dan o Connell track to the water race and then most of your climbing is done. Easy Undulating pedal accross the water race track with great views and then a nice descent down Bush Creek back to Arrowtown.

Allow 1-2 hours

Avoid in Winter as it gets really sloppy and slow going and the trail will get damaged.

Detailed Description
Bush Creek XC Loop is a 14 mile popular intermediate route located near Arrowtown. This mountain bike primary route can be used one direction and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 1,966 ft with a max elevation of 2,653 ft then descends -1,945 ft.
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11 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
QTWilly (Nov 25, 2022 at 22:24)
Trail Bush Creek
Bridge #4 has been repaired and wet sections cleared out, together with a repair to the blown-out bank down at the Arrowtown end. Trail is riding great again!
  • + 0
elevatetrails (Jan 11, 2022 at 1:29)
Trail Bush Creek
All river crossings either bridged or re-routed so your feet stay dry! A lot more user friendly ride now. Up or down. Just be aware of walkers ride especially near the bottom.
  • + 0
Zoetess (Dec 17, 2021 at 22:32)
Trail Bush Creek
Yes the new bridges and work in lower section has made a great ride.take car to avoid pedestrian s .lower section still damp
  • + 0
TommyOlliver (Nov 12, 2021 at 12:58)
Trail Bush Creek
L PM in
  • + 2
2d-cutout (Apr 24, 2021 at 4:09)
Trail Bush Creek
Ridden this twice in the last 3 days to get back to Arrowtown and it's great. Pedally if you want to hold a good speed, but still a ton of fun. New trail work to make the creek crossings etc easier is half done at time of writing but all the work that has been done so far is fantastic. Once finished it'll feel completely different to the 'old' version and will appeal to far more riders and be a great way to finish the day heading back in to Arrowtown.
I currently recommend wearing overshoes to keep your feet dry, but once the work is done it'll be great for pretty much anyone.
  • + 0
Seanac88 (Feb 21, 2020 at 15:46)
Trail Bush Creek
Lives up to the name. Wet feet and whipped arms. Great fun downhill from water race. Not sure how much fun it would be to climb
  • + 0
calvindrover (Jan 3, 2020 at 0:24)
Trail Bush Creek
This trail was made with pure spite. Beautiful landscape accessed via bog, river crossings, mud , and decaying vegetation. Made for those who hate fun, Christmas, and children.
  • + 0
bennorth (Dec 25, 2019 at 17:07)
Trail Bush Creek
22 River crossings: very wet and slow
  • + 0
Arky11 (Nov 29, 2019 at 16:07)
Tech style section with berms and small tabletops and other jumps makes for an awesome start to a very cool ride. From the o’Connel climb it becomes a lot less flowy and gives way to more water crossings and exposed edges. Still good fun and great to continue down to arrowtown
  • + 0
Arky11 (Nov 29, 2019 at 16:05)
Trail Bush Creek
Lots of river crossings but they provide some tech to a beautiful ride! Really cool and good fun if you have two cars or a lift to get back up to the top near skippers.
  • + 0
Juus0 (Apr 14, 2019 at 20:45)
Trail Bush Creek
At least 20 stream crossings will defintely make you wet and ruin your flow. Grass was pretty overgrown in some places too. Nice views but not recommended with bike, 1/5 stars.

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    1,354 ft
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    1,354 ft
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    1,375 ft
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  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    6 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Bush Creek
Nov 23, 2022 @ 12:17pm
Nov 23, 2022
Water management improved and damaged bridge footings repaired - blown bank down low also fixed up. Drying out nicely and riding great.
Coronet Face Water Race
Nov 23, 2022 @ 12:17pm
Nov 23, 2022
Slumps are cleared and track riding well again. Great job thanks to Queenstown Trails and Kep at Dirt Tec Trails
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