4 miles
Distance
239 ft
Climb
-3,787 ft
Descent
4,265 ft
High Point

Fishtail Details

  • Riding Area
    Nelson
    Nelson
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Season
    Not recommended in the wet
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face
  • Global Ranking
    #10451 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

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
    -48.566%
  • Grade min
    17.222%
  • Distance climb
    2,798 ft
  • Distance down
    4 miles
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on Nov 16, 2018
Dry
Avg: 5 (1 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
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  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Table or Bench eBike Charging Point
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      Fishtail Trail Reports

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      Nov 16, 2018 @ 11:49pm
      Nov 16, 2018
      Pretty awesome. A few big trees down that slow your flow, but all very rideable from the bush line down. We pushed to the hut, riding back to...
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      Jun 13, 2017 @ 3:11am
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      Fishtail, Reefton
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      Jun 13, 2017 @ 3:08am
      Jun 13, 2017
      Fishtail, Reefton

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