4.7 miles
986 ft
-539 ft
Avg time

Macetown Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Arrowtown Trails
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
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  • Season
    All year
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #83569 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #54449 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    35 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 70 in Hiking
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MTB ride to Macetown an abandoned historic gold mining village. If you follow the singletrak there is no reason to cross the Arrow river that this track follows. There is a legal road that follows the Arrow river to Macetown so look out for 4WDs and take it easy on the way back down. Follow the road and take all the singletrack options, if you come to a ford on the road look for the singletrack that starts just before it. Most of them are not signposted so keep a sharp lookout or find a local who knows the way Remember you DON'T need to get your feet wet by crossing the river IF you take the singletrack options but you can cross the river over and over again if you just follow the road.

Access Info

Start from the Chinese village and cross Bush Creek using the bridge by the toilets, turn right and head towards the Arrow river looking cross the big pipe onto the singletrack. This is a shared track to be nice to walkers and take it slow when you come back down it afterwards.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Macetown mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    447 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,745 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,226 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,756 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,201 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    2,421 ft
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on Apr 21, 2019
Avg: 3 (5 votes)

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      Macetown Trail Reports

      Apr 21, 2019 @ 2:21pm
      Apr 21, 2019
      Fantastic rides. I found the single tracks easy. They have their challenges though.
      Jan 5, 2018 @ 5:08pm
      Jan 5, 2018
      Difficult to find the single tracks to avoid the fords, but so worth it - great views!
      Sep 29, 2016 @ 2:38am
      Sep 29, 2016
      Very icy and rivers freezing. Not really a winter trail as would be dangerous to cross all rivers.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 5 rides
      • 26 miles avg distance
      • 29 rides


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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 0
      Tdub96 (Jul 27, 2019 at 4:17)
       Fun track. Two tips. When the river turns to the left at the halfway point you cross a small white bridge and on to the 4wd track again. After that the single trail for the next red bridge is just before a braid of the river. This can run dry at times making the single trail hard to spot. The single trail is on the right about 200m after the white bridge. You never need to use the river to cross. Take sandfly repellent if you intend on hanging around in Macetown.
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      creiland (Dec 9, 2020 at 14:25)
       Not the best trail in the world. You can avoid any river crossings by taking a single track option which is on the right at first (just after the bridge where the river turns left) then stays to the left of the river the rest of the way to Macetown. The single track is tricky and exposed in places, overgrown with spiky plants, and too steep to ride in 2-3 places. The spiky plants were bad enough that we opted for the 10 river crossings on the way back. Camped at Macetown and the sandflies were horrendous. Overall I’d still recommend the ride it’s really beautiful and a good short bike packing trip if you’re keen to train for longer ones.

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