3 miles
Distance
514 ft
Climb
-2,797 ft
Descent
00:26:09
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Te Ara Koa Trail

Te Ara Koa Details

  • Riding Area
    Dun Mountain
    Nelson
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (3 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #5371 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.

Local Trail Association
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
    00:26:09
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Status:
on Dec 13, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.65 (15 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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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
  • TTF TTF
  • 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 te-ara-koa trailhead (-41.310730, 173.316650)
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Te Ara Koa Trail Reports

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Dec 13, 2018 @ 4:27pm
Dec 13, 2018
First 1/3 a bit harder, otherwise quite dry!
Dec 12, 2018 @ 6:01pm
Dec 12, 2018
Wet and slippery on the top 1/4 after last night's heavy downpour. Pretty chundery rodeo ride with all the ruts n' roots.
Sep 7, 2018 @ 12:37pm
Sep 7, 2018
Dry and good to go, what a ride!
Aug 8, 2018 @ 11:59am
Aug 8, 2018
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Jul 19, 2018 @ 2:10pm
Jul 19, 2018
Getting pretty chewed up, and gives your arms a work out
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3 Reviews & Comments

  • + 2
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.
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flag longliveenduro (Feb 23, 2018 at 0:04)
 Awesome piece of a trail in the spirit of the Wairoa Gorge trails.
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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 ????✌
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