15 miles
7,248 ft
-7,245 ft
Avg time

Nydia Track Details

  • Riding Area
    South Island
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #12780 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

Start at Opouri Saddle end and ride the Opouri Bridle Track for an extra bit of technical downhill, or head into Duncan Bay and start from there.

The track was once well benched, now taken over by nature and tree roots. Rocks and root riddles the track leading you over the Nydia Saddle at 370m and into Nydia Bay. You then head inland through farmland before heading over a second saddle, Kaiuma at 387m.

This is a technical ride which can take between 4-7 hours to ride. The track finishes on Kaiuma Bay Rd, 16km's from State Highway 6 and another 3km's to Havelock.

The trail works best from Duncan Bay to Kaiuma because if you are a good rider you can ride most uphill sections and down, the downs are more technical than the ups, so the other way would seem more of a hike-a-bike, although the descents more achievable.

Not recommended in the wet.

Access Info

From the Rai Valley township, cross the river and head 26km's northeast on Opouri Rd to Opouri Saddle (500m). Start here (see Opouri Bridle Track), or head down into Duncan Bay and start from there.

Secure free parking available at Kaiuma (the end of the track) when using the Pelorus Sound Water Taxi shuttle or car relocation option: www.pswt.co.nz
Larger groups can use the water taxi to the start of the track in Duncan Bay.

Blue Moon Lodge in Havelock can organise shuttles (http://www.bluemoonhavelock.co.nz/)

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Nydia Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,325 ft
  • Altitude start
    33 ft
  • Altitude end
    36 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    5,021 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Sep 12, 2018
Avg: 4.7 (7 votes)

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

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to nydia-track trailhead (-41.114700, 173.765540)
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Nydia Track Trail Reports

Sep 12, 2018 @ 2:50pm
Sep 12, 2018
Large tree (Rimu) down across trail, blocking trail. Mission to even get over it. Just before Kaiuma saddle heading north. Lots of smaller trees...
Feb 13, 2017 @ 1:56am
Feb 13, 2017
Track is running great. Some treefall though, one fairly big one on the main descent that requires scrambling and log balancing with your bike, ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 6:51pm
Dec 31, 2016
In great condition, no deadfall. Just don't ride shortly after a rain and it's sweet.
Feb 7, 2016 @ 5:55pm
Feb 7, 2016
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2 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag longliveenduro (Mar 11, 2017 at 16:23)
 In case you consider having a shuttle from bluemoon: it costs 80 NZD to bring your own car to the end of the track. No shuttle with their vehicles!
  • + 0
flag TheBikeNerd (Apr 22, 2018 at 0:37)
 The shuttle to the start at Duncan Bay from the Blue Moon shuttle is $100 for a solor rider. It's the $60 from the end back to Havelock, or you can ride on the road for 20km. There should be saving by splitting between multiple people in the same car.

The out and back option from Duncan Bay to Nydia Bay is good and hits the first main climb and descent. The return from Nydia Bay requires pushing for about 2/3rds of the way, but still only takes about 1 hour (much easier than the out and back on Wakamarina).

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Nydia Bay Track  - Biker vs Runner
16:45 | 105 | May 6, 2018 , Havelock
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