18.5 miles
Distance
4,440 ft
Climb
-4,296 ft
Descent
02:49:23
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Coppermine Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Coppermine
    Nelson
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Proline (2 votes)
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge
  • Global Ranking
    #12657 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #36366 in Trail Running
    • #68643 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    55 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Coppermine Trail is one of New Zealand’s most accessible alpine mountain bike rides, all the more memorable for its relatively easy up, exhilarating down, amazing rocky tops, sweet-smelling beech forest, and meandering river trail.

Starting amidst Nelson’s cafés and pubs, this stunning day ride should be ridden in one direction (anti-clockwise) starting at Brook Street entrance and finishing at Maitai Dam. The trail heads directly into spectacular hill country via Codger’s Trails area and a long, consistent climb along the historic Dun Mountain Railway route. Broad panoramas of Tasman Bay and the rocky tops of Coppermine Saddle are just some of the rewards. Others are the brilliant 10 km downhill through rock gardens and bush, and the leisurely pedal back to Nelson via the pretty Maitai Valley.

The full loop is best suited to fit, experienced single-track riders with full-suspension mountain bikes. For those less confident, simply U-turn at Coppermine Saddle or Third House and enjoy a return-ride the way you came up.

From Nelson i-SITE the full loop is 43 km, shortened to 40 km if you start and finish at the Brook Street trailhead.

Although the ride time may only be 4-6 hours, we recommend you allow a full day to enjoy this unique environment.

You will be a long way from assistance in an alpine environment and mobile phone reception is patchy, so please ensure you have sufficient food, drink, spare tubes, first aid, and wet/cold weather gear to handle any problems you might encounter.

Please note NO DOGS are allowed on the Coppermine Trail.

Access Info

This stunning day ride should be ridden in one direction starting at Brook Street entrance and finishing at Maitai Dam. The trail heads directly into spectacular hill country via Codger’s Trails area and a long, consistent climb along the historic Dun Mountain Railway route.

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More Stats for Coppermine Trail multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    144 ft
  • Altitude min
    157 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,896 ft
  • Altitude start
    157 ft
  • Altitude end
    302 ft
  • Grade
    0.1%
  • Grade max
    -46.6%
  • Grade min
    75.5%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    02:49:23
  • Avg reverse time
    02:52:58
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      Coppermine Trail Trail Reports

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      May 12, 2024 @ 2:56pm
      May 12, 2024
      reporter
      May 5, 2024 @ 4:16pm
      May 5, 2024
      reporter Closed weekdays until 18/05 for annual cull
      Apr 16, 2024 @ 1:36pm
      Apr 16, 2024
      Tree near bullock spur cleared. Track clear.
      Apr 11, 2024 @ 7:39pm
      Apr 11, 2024
      reporter medium tree down across track. near bridge before bullock spur
      Nov 11, 2023 @ 11:27am
      Nov 11, 2023
      Fantastic ride with stunning weather. Work on downhill progressing well. Lower section rough but still good fun.
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      • 3 rides
      • 27 miles avg distance
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      • Last: May 22, 2024

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