4 miles
239 ft
-3,787 ft
4,265 ft
High Point

Fishtail Details

  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Not recommended in the wet
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking

Relentless, extremely steep, and extremely technical - strewn with brutal rock gardens and gnarly root infested chutes - Fishtail is a reputation track and among those that can actually ride it is considered possibly the best descent in New Zealand, and one of the best anywhere. To get to the top either push, carry and grovel with your bike up the track (riding up is impossible) or get a helicopter. Most people start the descent from the treeline but you could theoretically go from higher up if you happen to be Danny MacAskill or of similar ability. This is a backcountry track far from help if things go wrong so be prepared. In wet conditions the difficulty rating goes from "extreme" to "ridiculous". You have been warned.

Access Info

From Northbank road go up Pine Valley road and through 2 farm gates (leave them as you found them). Continue across the river to Mill Flat camp site and then follow the obvious track.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Fishtail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,548 ft
  • Altitude min
    695 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,265 ft
  • Altitude end
    717 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2,798 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
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Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Style
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Activity Type
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to fishtail trailhead (-41.451600, 173.490430)
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