TRACK GRADE: Walking / Mountain Biking Track
WALKING TIME: 1-2 Hours Return
FEATURES: Beech Forest, Mistletoe, Tussock, Birds
RESTRICTIONS : No Open Fires
LOCATION: From Arthur's Pass travel on Highway 73 for 40km (40 minutes) towards Christchurch.
Turn right onto the Craigieburn Environmental Education Centre road (gravel).
There is very little parking at the track-head, and beginning this walk via the Nature Walk from the Centre Carpark might be a better option (this adds about 40mins to the total walk).
The track leaves Jacks Pass and gradually descends to Broken River, which is crossed on a low pole bridge. The clearing is 10 minutes up through mountain beech forest. From the clearing you may continue on to Texas Flat, a further 30 minutes walking.
A popular picnic site (NO OPEN FIRES!), this sheltered clearing is covered by red-brown Dracophyllum, native tussock and a host of small herbs and ground covering plants.