Wharfedale Track

3.50 out of 5
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↑ 700 m
↓ 700 m

Out & Back
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About this trail
The Wharfedale Track is the relic of an historic road dating to the late 1870s. It was never completed and fell into disrepair. It has come back to life as an interesting hiking and mountain biking track through beech forest. It's well benched into the hillsides and the gradient is generally well controlled. It climbs very gradually to Wharfedale Saddle but there are undulations where washouts have occurred over the years. From the saddle it generally eases down to Dobson Stream where you'll come to the Wharfedale Hut after 15kms.

The track is generally quite tame and well surfaced but there are some stream crossings, roots, rocks and other features to keep you alert here and there. Overall though, this is a back country ride you do for the peace of the outdoors, the songs of the birds, and the good of your soul rather than the excitement of technical features. If you want to stay at the hut you'll need to bring food, cooking gear, tooth brush and sleeping bag. If you do stay overnight at the hut consider hiking up to Black Hill Hut and beyond to the tops where the views are stupendous on a clear day.

From the Wharfedale Hut you can continue a few rougher kilometers on to the end of the Wharfedale Track where you'll come to a bridge and the start of the Townsend Track. Some fitness riders start from Oxford, ride the Wharfedale Track then the Townsend Track, then take the road through the Ashley Gorge back to Oxford for a circuit of over 75km. The Townsend Track is a four wheel drive track over farmland which leads out to the Lees Valley. It crosses the river twice and may be closed during lambing etc. Call DOC, Waimakariri, on 03 313 0820 before tackling it.

Most people have a picnic lunch at the Wharfedale Hut then turn back.
added by Jim CummingsWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

December 17, 2019
John Shaw Granny Gear  
Review: Always a pleasure. Just rode in to the Wharfedale Hut and back to View Hill Road. The track is in excellent riding condition. A couple of trees down just beyond the saddle. It's always a pleasure riding there - a mix of everything. Do take insect repellent as the sandflies at the Dobson Stream (where we had lunch) were on us in a flash. No wasps to be seen as yet.

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World Champ

March 16, 2017
Review: You'll almost certainly hear bell birds and tuis as you take this ride through Oxford Forest - not to mention the hum of a million wasps if you're there in summer. It takes a bit of effort to drive to the start but once underway, it's not a bad back-country ride through beech forest. Mostly it's easy but you'll meet some challenging bits from time to time. It's fun to go with friends, a bottle of wine and a pack of cards and stay at the hut overnight.

Wharfedale Track MTB Trail 3.50 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 2 user reviews.
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