12 miles
4,044 ft
-2,564 ft
Avg time

Big River Details

  • Riding area
    South Island
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike type
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

Reefton - Big River is a challenging ride on a rough 4WD track. It includes mixed surfaces of gravel, mud and rock with some steep descents.

The track, twisting through regenerating beech forest, passes many mining sites before opening out to the barren Big River settlement. This track includes sections of gravel road and rougher rocky sections, as well as stream crossings which flood in heavy rain. Enjoy lunch or an overnight stay at Big River Hut. Ride out the same way or carry on along the Waiuta Track.

The road is also used by walkers and 4WD vehicles.

Do not ignore the "DANGER: DO NOT DRINK WATER OR TOUCH SOIL IN THIS AREA" signs due to contamination from the mining.

Access Info

A four wheel drive track starts 9 km along Soldiers Road, after the Alborns Track carpark. Soldiers Road turnoff is signposted on SH7, just south of Reefton.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Big River mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    1,480 ft
  • Altitude min
    776 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,395 ft
  • Altitude start
    782 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,263 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,284 ft
  • Avg time
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
Directions to big-river trailhead (-42.145570, 171.856980)
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