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Level: Advanced
Length: 19 mi (30.6 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +2,001/ -1,864 ft
Total: 5 riders

Mountain Biking Cairnmuir Hill Trail

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#185 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#9,082 in the world

The Cairnmuir Hill Track crosses the hills between Cromwell and Clyde on a route that was used in the 1800's before the Cromwell gorge road was opened up. It's a vast, arid, uplifted landscape with views in all directions.

The track climbs 800 metres (2600 feet), on four wheel drive farm roads. They are steep in places and unless you are very fit and strong you'll end up pushing your bike for perhaps an hour.

There are orange markers to guide you from time to time but best to take a topographical map or an app with downloadable maps such as BackCountry Navigator. The ideal time to go is on a fine, clear, cool day in autumn. Call in at the Cromwell Information Centre before you set out to pick up their walk-bike brochure. It has an excellent description of the route.

The track can be ridden (or walked) both ways. If you start from Clyde try to get a lift up Hawksburn Road which relentlessly climbs 400 (1300 feet) metres in just a couple of kilometres.

First added by Jim Cummings on Apr 11, 2015. Last updated Apr 24, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Cromwell head towards Bannockburn. Turn left as soon as you cross the bridge over Lake Dunstan and go down Cairnmuir Road for 4.5 km. Watch out for a gate and sign just off to your right. It is 10.3 km from the Cromwell Information Centre.
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  • Jim Cummings

    It's always great to look down on the rest of the world and the Cairnmuir Hill Track certainly allows that! It's a wide, barren, rocky and majestic landscape that will remind you of your mortality. As a ride it has no thrills. It's all about the challenge and the awe.

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