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

Canaan Loop Track Details

  • Riding Area
    Canaan Downs
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking

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 bike 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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,923 ft
  • Avg time
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on Apr 13, 2017
Avg: 2.5 (2 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Canaan Loop Track Trail Reports

Apr 13, 2017 @ 2:13am
Apr 13, 2017
90s tech trail feature (rock squeeze) :)
Apr 13, 2017 @ 1:39am
Apr 13, 2017
The trail that time forgot. Very neglected trail. Mostly rideable. Beautiful views. Allow some extra time. Overgrown berms, super narrow and...
Apr 1, 2017 @ 11:22am
Apr 1, 2017
A little overgrown in parts.
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