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Level: Advanced
Length: 28 mi (45.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Wakamarina

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#39 of 381 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#4430 in the world

This is a challenging ride on a hiking track through Mount Richmond Forest Park. It is best ridden south to north. There are two huts on the trail so some people spread the ride over two days. It's an historic gold mining area with some heritage interest. You'll climb and descend about 1000 metres over the 35km as you cross over the Richmond Range. Don't attempt it in the wet as expert skills are needed even when conditions are dry. You will be riding through Beech forest for much of the way. It's quite a popular ride for those who like more natural trails and an epic challenge.
To avoid the hassle of a shuttle you can ride a nice chunk of it as an out-and-back ride from the south end up to Fosters Hut. That ride will only need intermediate skills and is about 14kms long.
There is more information on the Department of Conservation website here: http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/marlborough/places/mount-richmond-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/wakamarina-track/

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 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
South end trail head:Turn off highway 6 onto Northbank Road 6km north of Renwick Go along Northbank Road for 5km then Onamalutu Road for 11km, then Kiwi Road for 5km. North end trail head: From Havelock on the Blenheim-Nelson highway head west 9km to Canvastown, take the road up Wakamarina Valley to Butchers Flat car park.
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  • Jim Cummings

    The track has a great reputation among those riders who like a challenge, a tough work-out and a back country adventure ride.

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