Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +373/60 ft
Total: 2 riders
Mountain Biking Tasman Glacier
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#60 of 415 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#9160 in the world
There is one good mountain bike permitted trail in Mount Cook National Park, a UNESCO world heritage area. That trail is a rough four wheel drive track that climbs relentlessly for 6km as it gains 300 metres (1000 feet) up to the crest of the lateral moraine of Tasman Glacier. The track is bouldery in places and quite hard going but it you're fit and strong you'll be able to ride all the way.
From the crest of the moraine you get stunning views of the rock covered Tasman Glacer and the lake trapped behind it's terminal moraine. Mount Cook, 3724m, 12248 feet, and other mountains, tower over the glacial valley up head.
Having come this far you should proceed another 4km on foot up to Ball Hut where you'll almost be right under Mount Cook.
The ride back down is a blast on a full suspension bike - you hardly have to pedal all the way.
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
Take the only road out of Mount Cook Village and turn left into Tasman Valley Road in less than a kilometre. Follow it for about 6km to the Blue Lakes car park at the end. There is a rough four wheel drive track leaving from the left of the car park. That's the one to take; not the walking track up to the Blue Lakes.
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