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Level: Beginner
Length: 46 mi (74 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: +2,081/ -2,227 ft
Total: 9 riders

Mountain Biking Nevis Road

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#209 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#10,528 in the world

Vehicles are rare on this remote, back country gravel road - the highest public road in New Zealand. Snow will close the road for some of the winter months and temperatures can be sweltering in summer. There are over 20 river crossings but they are not very deep. You'll climb nearly 1400 metres ( 4600ft) to reach the summit at 1270 metres.

People ride this road for the physical challenge, the good of their bodies and the peace of their souls. The views are stupendous on a clear day, the geology is majestic and the air is pure and clean.

First added by searsandrewj on Nov 27, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • 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
From the Garston pub head north on highway 6 for about 1km and you'll see Nevis Road on your right. At the other end, head south on Bannockburn Road from Bannockburn and you'll come to Nevis Road on your right in less than 10km.
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  • Jim Cummings

    This remote back country gravel road makes a challenging mountain bike ride for those who like a good workout while enjoying dramatic panoramic views. It's not a mountain bike trail.

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