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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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#311 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#11317 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

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 
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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