3 miles
Distance
514 ft
Climb
-2,797 ft
Descent
00:26:56
Avg time
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Te Ara Koa Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Secondary Access Road/Trail (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Only
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #5371 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking
  • Year Opened
    2017

This trail opened in October 2017 after thousands of hours of graft from the Nelson Mountain Bike Club's volunteer builders.

5.1km long, dropping 700m, through native bush. It's hand built pure singletrack with plenty of small natural features to keep you on your toes - but nothing too challenging. The trail starts on an easy gradient but is made challenging by a carpet of ancient tree roots and plenty of off camber. After the first 1000m it gets into a well-benched traverse and the flow comes at you thick and fast. After 3.5km you cross the historic Dun Mountain Railway trail, after which Te Ara Koa keeps on going at the same grade right down to Brook Street, just 10 minutes from Nelson CBD.

If you are fit and eager you can tick off the climb and descent in under 2hrs, but most people will take 2.30/3hrs at a steady pace with a long stop at the top to enjoy the incredible views over Tasman Bay to Kahurangi National Park and Mount Arthur.

The trail uses Ngati Koata and Nelson City Council land, who supported the build process.

Access Info

Head up to the top of Fringed Hill from the Brook area in Nelson - the trail is signposted from the very top.

More Stats for Te Ara Koa bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -2,283 ft
  • Altitude min
    322 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,605 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,605 ft
  • Altitude end
    322 ft
  • Grade
    -13.775%
  • Grade max
    -65.042%
  • Grade min
    44.889%
  • Distance climb
    3,192 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    838 ft
  • Avg time
    00:26:56
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on Oct 20, 2019
Dry
Avg: 4.75 (19 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      Te Ara Koa Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Oct 20, 2019 @ 11:43am
      Oct 20, 2019
      reporter Closed for Aorere enduro race until Tuesday the 29th of October
      Aug 15, 2019 @ 3:06pm
      Aug 15, 2019
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 4:15pm
      Jul 30, 2019
      reporter Couple of trees down below clear
      Jul 15, 2019 @ 8:23pm
      Jul 15, 2019
      reporter Trees cleared yesterday
      Jul 13, 2019 @ 6:02pm
      Jul 13, 2019
      reporter Small trees down and debris on section below the classic, and above the Dun. Small chainsaw or big silky required
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 102 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      All
      • 316 rides
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      Feb 15, 2019 @ 9:53pm
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      Feb 15, 2019 @ 9:50pm
      Feb 15, 2019

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Aorere Day 2 race
      26 miles

      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 3
      flag NMTBC NMTBC (Oct 6, 2017 at 22:55)
       5.1km long, dropping 700m, through native forest. All hand dug singletrack with a great variety of features. Let's be honest, the climb to the top of Fringed Hill (800m) is no joke, but the views from the top are incredible - and this 20-minute+ descent makes you forget the effort to get up there instantly. Built and managed by the volunteers of Nelson Mountain Bike Club.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag longliveenduro (Feb 23, 2018 at 0:04)
       Awesome piece of a trail in the spirit of the Wairoa Gorge trails.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag jacklam06 (Feb 28, 2018 at 20:05)
       Really nice long trail. Really fun, lil bit crazy to ride when the tree roots are wet. But really fun . I love it. . Well done to the shaper ????✌
      [Reply]

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      youtuber Jungle Boogie - Te Ara Koa
      8:36 | 244 | Feb 1, 2019 , Nelson
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      23:19 | 291 | Apr 13, 2018 , Nelson
      youtuber Finding Flow in Nelson | Te Ara Koa
      6:17 | 535 | Apr 27, 2018 , Nelson
      Te Ara Koa Trail, Fringe Hill, Nelson, NZ
      143 | May 29, 2018 , Nelson
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