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Level: Beginner
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +11/ -10 ft
Total: 1 riders

Mountain Biking Salt Water Creek

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#212 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
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Salt Water Creek runs along the southern edge of Timaru. The trail follows the left bank of the creek from the jump park at southern end of Centennial Park to the coast where it swings north till it runs into the suburbs. The trail is shared with walkers and some of it is called the Timaru City Walkway. Up at the jump park it's called the Otipua Creek Walkway. Don't let the names confuse you!

The trail is wide and easy with a smooth gritty all-weather surface. About mid way it crosses highway one which is always busy - you just have to ride across it with care. It also crosses Coonoor Road and is offset there - turn right and along the road for about 30 metres till you pick up the trail again on the other side of the road.

A worthwhile detour off the trail runs down the other side of the the creek between state highway 1 and the coast. It takes you through the Otipua Wetlands where you likely to see ducks, geese, swans, seagulls, pukeko and shags. You rejoin the main trail via a foot bridge that crosses the creek just after it starts heading north.

You can build the Salt Water Creek Trail into a nice 20km circuit of Timaru. Starting at Caroline Bay you would ride all the way up Te Wai-iti Road, then turn down into the top of Centennial Park. Ride down through Centennial Park, pick up the Salt Water Creek Trail at the jump park and ride it the southern suburbs. Then find your way to a cafe as you go through town back to Caroline Bay.

First added by Desperado on Mar 19, 2017. Last updated Apr 21, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Common points of access to the trail which runs along the southern edge of Timaru are: *** 1. The jump park on Quarry Road at the south end of Centennial Park. *** 2. King Street which is highway 1, where it crosses Salt Water Creek just south of town. *** 3. Redruth Park. You can also get on or off the trail at Redruth Street, Collins Street, Mowbray Street, Coonoor Road, and Saint George Street
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  • Jim Cummings

    The Salt Water Trail is an excellent easy ride popular with walkers and runners as well as riders. It's gentle and more or less flat - suitable for all the family. Nice vegetation and outlook too.

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