8 miles
Distance
1,421 ft
Climb
-4,981 ft
Descent
02:05:11
Avg time

Kirwans Track Details

  • Riding area
    South Island
    My City
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

A challenging ride up to Kirwans Hut, gaining 1000m elevation. You are rewarded with spectacular views and a flowing downhill ride of mostly gentle gradient benched single track, with sections of technical riding and some carrying. Another option is to take a helicopter up to the top and ride down.

Times: Climbing time is about 3 hours. Allow 1.5 to 3 hours to return to car park.

NB: Sandflies at the car park and road end are vicious. Bring insect repellent!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Kirwans Track mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3,560 ft
  • Altitude min
    657 ft
  • Altitude max
    4,224 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,219 ft
  • Altitude end
    659 ft
  • Grade max
    -119.684%
  • Grade min
    65.059%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,383 ft
  • Avg time
    02:05:11
  • Avg reverse time
    01:08:54
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Status:
on Jan 3, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.5 (4 votes)

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Layers winter
Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to kirwans-track trailhead (-42.103140, 172.009870)
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Kirwans Track Trail Reports

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Jan 3, 2018 @ 11:24pm
Jan 3, 2018
DoC need to pay another visit. Up to 10 large trees over track and gullies that were un rideable but also very difficult to get bike and body...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:59pm
Dec 16, 2016
Wet and slippery - a lot of fun but the climb may be easier when it's drier. DoC were in the midst of clearing some areas (very friendly and doing...
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Jan 21, 2017 @ 11:18pm
Jan 21, 2017
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Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:55pm
Dec 17, 2016
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Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:54pm
Dec 17, 2016
Kirwans Track, Reefton
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Dec 17, 2016 @ 10:53pm
Dec 17, 2016
Kirwans Track, Reefton

1 Review & Comments

  • + 0
flag gmoz99 (Jan 3, 2018 at 23:34)
 As written in my ride log, there were many trees over track and wash out areas and gullies that are challeging to manoeuvre across. I think DoC need to look into.
Aside from the above, it’s a great ride down. Think carefully about which way up you go..
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