6.9 miles
1,267 ft
-1,411 ft
Avg time

Canaan Loop Track Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Canaan Downs
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #98623 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #93552 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    45 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

This is a very scenic and fun recreational ride that suits a variety of riders. While the main track is recreational in grade, there are lots of side loops, ramps, drops and log rides to keep more advanced riders happy too. About 1.5 - 2 hours of riding that does require a little bit of fitness and endurance at times.

The Abel Tasman National Park encompasses this area, and the surroundings are picturesque and stunning with awesome views, native bush, caves and sink holes. If making the venture this far in, its well worth the short walk down to Harwoods Hole. The ride starts with a climb up to the start of the Rameka Track which branches off to the left, then carries on through a slightly rougher section to Wainui Saddle. Here the track breaks away to the right and follows the contour of the valley around and down through some clever creek crossings and fun flowy track. Eventually there is another climb to the top of the hill and a fun decent back to the road, and then back around to the carpark.

Access Info

Drive to the top of the Takaka Hill road, looking for a road off to the north and signage for Canaan Road, and Harwoods Hole. Follow this 11km gravel road to its very end where you will find a carpark with toilets.

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More Stats for Canaan Loop Track mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -144 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,434 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,976 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,624 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,479 ft
  • Grade
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  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,923 ft
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on Oct 29, 2022
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      Canaan Loop Track Trail Reports

      Oct 29, 2022 @ 3:31pm
      Oct 29, 2022
      Variable terrain. Interesting and enjoyable ride. Great views. Started with the climb from the Canaan car park to the Rameka turnoff, then...
      Feb 8, 2020 @ 11:00pm
      Feb 8, 2020
      Feb 8, 2020 @ 10:59pm
      Feb 8, 2020
      Given that I spent most of my time on this trail totally lost, it's hard to say what it is truely like. Biked it anticlockwise. Missed the turn...
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 5:43pm
      Dec 23, 2018
      Largely overgrown. Mostly a suggestion of a route 80% sheep paddock. Crap unavoidable. Almost hard to believe this is a mountain bike trail at...
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 5:40pm
      Dec 23, 2018
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 8 rides
      • 25 miles avg distance
      • 86 rides
      • Last: Feb 1, 2023


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      Routes with this trail

      Big Rameka ride15 miles

      7 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Seabasss (Jan 14, 2023 at 18:52)
      You can tell this was once a great track but is now in a state of disrepair. Some sections you can still have fun on but most of it is either overgrown, has trees fallen across it or is washed out. Caution should be taken as some parts are outright dangerous if going at any speed.
      • + 0
      JonathanfnLr81 (Dec 30, 2022 at 23:54)
      Has the makings of a great ride but badly in need of maintenance and better signage. Last part out to road on northern end is little used with no signs, perhaps due to a big creek washout.
      • + 0
      miktown WGTV (Oct 23, 2021 at 22:51)
      Track is riding pretty good, a bit of windfall in the bush and boggy sections in the open but worth the ride, great views and a few techy features. Note the current signs tell you to complete the loop via the Gold Creek track, which is fine as this has some great riding through the bush both up and down.
      • + 0
      Neil7j2Rw6 (Nov 26, 2020 at 22:00)
      Had a fantastic day. Really enjoyed the track.
      • + 0
      Siamsam (Aug 22, 2020 at 19:48)
      Ridden Aug 2020 great loop so much variety in trail and surroundings in such a short trail Well done and thank you to those who made it
      Hope it gets ridden more , use it or lose it
      • + 0
      MisterDirtPaws (Mar 17, 2020 at 15:45)
      Rode this March 16, 2020. Did Rameka out and back to Lower Rameka then Canaan Loop. Was about 30K and a great ride. The Canaan loop is great. Really enjoyed it and kudos to the local trail builders. Be aware that the current Trailforks tracks may not be totally acfdurate. Still well signed and easy to follow.

      This trail is a mix of road-to-trail conversion and purpose built recreational trail. Crosses grazing lands as well. The purpose built sections had optional lines, some flow trail elements, cool rock work, and nice views of rolling pastures. This trail could use 3-5X as many riders to ride in lines and compact the trail- parts felt a bit raw and underridden. Overall a great ride.

      If we had more time I would have parked in Takaka and ridden up the Rameka climbing tracks and done Canaan loop as well for an epic day with beer and pastries back in town.
      • + 0
      cyclotoine (Dec 23, 2018 at 17:43)
      Take a pass on this. Not worth a ride.

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