Dun Mountain Trail Details
This exciting one day ride from Nelson climbs onto the flanks of Dun Mountain on New Zealand’s first railway line, before descending for over 20km back to Nelson.
The Dun Mountain rises to 1129 metres and, due to its unique geology, is one of the most distinctive mountains around Nelson.
Early sections give glimpses of the Waimea Plains to the south and west. More extensive views can be enjoyed back across Nelson and beyond to Tasman Bay and Abel Tasman National Park.
Third House is a good place to pause for a break and a chance to listen to bellbirds or be entertained by ever-inquisitive wekas.
The trail’s emergence on to the mountain tops near Windy Point and Coppermine Saddle offers stunning views of Tasman Bay, followed by one of New Zealand’s longest mountain bike downhills.
About 1km from down town Nelson you'll find the start of the Dun Mountain Walkway signposted just past 135 Brook St.
Can also be accessed up the Groom Creek Road track signposted from 6 km up the Maitai Valley Road near the Maitai Camping Ground. This means less on road cycling to complete a loop. Once at Tantragee Saddle descend about 100m on the Brook side.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Dun Mountain Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change158 ft
Altitude min155 ft
Altitude max2,882 ft
Altitude start157 ft
Altitude end316 ft
Distance climb9 miles
Distance down9 miles
Distance flat3,711 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Dun Mountain Trail Trail Reports
Sep 18, 2018 @ 12:00pmSep 18, 2018
|1. As at 18 June, the closure reported on Aug 18 was by-passed by a detour along the Brook Waimarama sanctuary fence line. This is...|
Aug 18, 2018 @ 3:22pmAug 18, 2018
Jul 23, 2018 @ 7:43pmJul 23, 2018
|Tree down across track 200m up from the bridge by maintain caves turnoff|
Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:48pmJun 1, 2018
Mar 23, 2018 @ 9:08pmMar 23, 2018
|Tree down covering most of the trail.|
Routes with this trail
|Dun Mountain, Little Twin, Dew Lakes||27 miles|