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Level: Easiest
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +130/ -132 ft
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Opihi River Trail

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#294 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#17,946 in the world

The Opihi River Track, also known as the Fairlie Walkway, is primarily a walking track but makes a nice beginners mountain bike trail. It follows the bank of the Opihi River and is wide unless overgrown. It's flat and just a little bumpy. It's never far from the river so on a hot day you'll be able to take a swim or at least a paddle since it's not a deep river. The track has a little scenic interest but no technical interest. Ride down till you've had enough then turn around and ride back the way you came.

When I rode it in late 2015, tree falls made it impassable after about five kilometres. Hopefully it will be all clear when you get there

First added by Jim Cummings on Nov 14, 2015. Last updated Apr 23, 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
From the intersection of Highway 8 and Highway 79 in the middle of Fairlie, follow Highway 79 till you come to the bridge over the Opihi River in about a hundred metres. Don't cross the bridge - the trail goes down stream on the near side of the river. You'll see the sign.
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  • Jim Cummings

    If you're in Fairlie at any stage, you could do a lot worse than take the whole family for a ride along the Opihi River Trail.

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