12 miles
Distance
4,044 ft
Climb
-2,564 ft
Descent
03:26:28
Avg time

Big River Details

  • Riding Area
    Blacks Point
    Reefton
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #67449 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • 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 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
    2.252%
  • Grade max
    -61.953%
  • Grade min
    48.537%
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,284 ft
  • Avg time
    03:26:28
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  • Snow Packed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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      Apr 3, 2018 @ 4:37pm
      Apr 3, 2018
      Big River, Reefton
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      Big River, West Greenwich
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      Dec 25, 2017 @ 3:03pm
      Dec 25, 2017
      Big River, West Greenwich

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