Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Elevation: +193/196 ft
Total: 4 riders
Mountain Biking Ashburton River Trail
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#281 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#11166 in the world
The main part of the Ashburton River Trail is a grade 2 (easy) loop about 9km long. There are lots of nice curves, berms, humps, swooping dips, and other non-threating technical features including a few wooden structures. There's also a few grade 3 detours off the main track. It's a wonderful ride for beginners and is interesting for riders of all skills. The trail is well looked after and there is good signage.
And there's more! There is a 20 km trail off the bottom of the loop that runs all the way down to the river mouth. It's a shared runner-biker trail that is wide, smooth and without technical features. It makes for an excellent fitness spin of about 40km down and back. It's mostly in dappled shade.
This description updated March 2017.
Before you go
- No Drinking water
- No E-bikes permitted
- No Fat biking allowed in winter
- No Fee required
- No Lift service
- No Night riding allowed
- No Pump track
- No Restrooms
The trail runs along the left bank of the Ashburton River - the one closest to town - so there are several streets that butt onto it with car parks. Heading down river they are...
*** 1. Melrose Street, off highway 77. This one puts you in at the top end of the main loop...
*** 2. Under the highway 1 bridge. Access is on the right as you leave town, immediately before the bridge so you have to cross on-coming traffic...
*** 3. At the end of Chalmers Avenue...
*** 4. At the end of Trevors Road. This one puts you in at the bottom end of the main loop...
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