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Level: Beginner
Length: 16 mi (25.7 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +139/ -142 ft
Total: 2 riders

Mountain Biking Tasman River Track

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#279 of 387 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#16,976 in the world

The Tasman River Track is a 25 km out-and-back jittery gravel four wheel drive track that goes up the eastern side of the Tasman River from the top of Lake Pukaki.

It is part of the Alps to Ocean trail and is one of several tracks described in the Department of Conservation's "Mountain Biking in Mackenzie/Waikato". You can pick up this little booklet for $2 at local information centres.

As you ride up this trail you get good views of Mount Cook and other mountain peaks. But if you really want to feel the magic of these mountains go to Mount Cook Village and walk some of the tracks there. And if you want a local ride that is much more fun try the Twizel River Trail.

The Tasman River Track is pleasant enough but certainly not worth the 82 kilometre out and back drive to get to it.

First added by Jim Cummings on May 23, 2015. Last updated Apr 24, 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 Twizel, go north for 18kms on highway 8. Turn left into Hayman Road and continue 41kms to the car park at the gate to Mount Cook Station. Hayman Road is gravel after the first few kilometres.
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  • Jim Cummings

    If you want to get good photos of Mount Cook and surrounding mountains you need to ride this trail in the morning - the earlier the better. The trail was washed out in one place when I rode it and I had to throw my bike over fences to detour through a farm paddock. The trail is more or less flat all the way.

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