Big Bush Track
ElevationAscent: 773' 236 m
Descent: -168' -51 m
High: 2,821' 860 m
Low: 2,215' 675 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A track along the ridgeline of Big Bush Conservation Area linking several descending tracks.”— Alan Eskrick
The trail was originally bulldozed in by DOC as part of the Kaka monitoring program; the vegetation has now grown in to make a scenic singletrack along the ridge.
From Jasmine Road, follow the winding new singletrack through lush beech forest with abundant bird life to a manuka scrub clearing at the crest of the ridge. The track winds gently through the beech forest to a point where there is a plantation forest of Douglas Fir on the south side (which is currently being logged).
Just ahead, a steep climb will present a small challenge (a new section of track is planned to bypass the climb on the north side of the ridge, so stay tuned). Once clear of the Douglas Firs, the track climbs gently until it reaches another steep climb. This has been bypassed to the left with a hand-built singletrack that climbs to the highest point of Big Bush Track which is also the start of the Flying Moa Track.
From there, the track descends to the signposted junction of the two-way Kaka Track. The rest of the track undulates along the flat top of the ridge with some damp spots, passing through an area of windfall and eventually climbing more steeply to the start of Duck Down Track and Rocky Horror Track, 1.06 mi (1.7km) from the top of Kaka.
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Land Manager: Department of Conservation - Nelson Lakes National Park