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Level: Beginner
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +193/ -196 ft
Total: 4 riders

Mountain Biking Ashburton River Trail

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#161 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#8,424 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.

First added by searsandrewj on Mar 12, 2013. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
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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  • Jim Cummings

    This main loop is a gem - a really nice piece of mellow singletrack designed for fun. There are rollers, interesting curves, berms, jumps, swooping turns and a few nice wooden structures. The shared track that goes down the river off the bottom of the loop makes for a very pleasant spin.

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  • limobar

    Good well maintained tracks, excellent for beginner riders and harder sections for more advanced people which is good

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