19 miles
Distance
7,344 ft
Climb
-7,185 ft
Descent
00:00:16
Avg time

Dun Mountain Trail Details

  • Riding area
    Dun Mountain
    Nelson
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Trail type
    Mixed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #8687

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.

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
    00:00:16
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on Aug 18, 2017
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Avg: 4 (12 votes)

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Dun Mountain Trail Trail Reports

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Aug 18, 2017 @ 2:44am
Aug 18, 2017
Small bits of wind fall
Jun 8, 2017 @ 1:43am
Jun 8, 2017
Good ride, track in good condition, expect winter conditions.
Jun 4, 2017 @ 5:39pm
Jun 4, 2017
Jun 4, 2017 @ 5:39pm
Jun 4, 2017
Trees all clear now
Apr 18, 2017 @ 10:19pm
Apr 18, 2017
Mostly dry with the occasional puddle. There are a couple of trees down across the track that require carrying your bike over.
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May 15, 2016 @ 3:01pm
May 15, 2016
Dun Mountain Trail, Nelson

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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
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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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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