19 miles
Distance
7,344 ft
Climb
-7,185 ft
Descent
03:00:22
Avg time

Dun Mountain Trail Details

  • Riding Area
    Dun Mountain
    Nelson
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Advanced (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
    Mixed
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking

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.

Access Info

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 change
    158 ft
  • Altitude min
    155 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,882 ft
  • Altitude start
    157 ft
  • Altitude end
    316 ft
  • Grade
    0.162%
  • Grade max
    -68.142%
  • Grade min
    106.043%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,711 ft
  • Avg time
    03:00:22
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Status:
on Oct 24, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.15 (16 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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Dun Mountain Trail Trail Reports

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Sep 18, 2018 @ 12:00pm
Sep 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 @ 3:22pm
Aug 18, 2018
Jul 23, 2018 @ 7:43pm
Jul 23, 2018
Tree down across track 200m up from the bridge by maintain caves turnoff
Jun 1, 2018 @ 2:48pm
Jun 1, 2018
Mar 23, 2018 @ 9:08pm
Mar 23, 2018
Tree down covering most of the trail.
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Dun Mountain Trail, My City
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Dun Mountain Trail, My City
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Jun 16, 2018 @ 3:34pm
Jun 16, 2018
Dun Mountain Trail, My City

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4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
flag jstrnz (May 15, 2016 at 15:08)
 Amazing track, a must-do for keen intermediate-advanced riders. Requires a good level of fitness. Be aware the descent is rough and rocky in places and that the trail is multi-use - expect to encounter other riders and hikers on the descent.
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  • + 1
flag Zgriffter (Feb 27, 2017 at 22:41)
 Lovely gradual climb with a fast and twisty downhill section, a must when revisit Nelson again
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  • + 0
flag benw MTP TFNZ (Feb 21, 2018 at 1:35)
 Why does this profile say 2200m climb? A loop I’d closer to 1200 and max elevation is Iunder 900m !
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flag ORRINGE (Apr 10, 2018 at 4:40)
 Amazing track
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