3 miles
Distance
514 ft
Climb
-2,797 ft
Descent
00:23:12
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Te Ara Koa Trail

Te Ara Koa Details

  • Riding area
    Dun Mountain
    Nelson
  • Difficulty rating
    Advanced
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #8575
  • 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 mountain 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
    00:23:12
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on Oct 22, 2017
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Avg: 4.8 (6 votes)

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1 Review & Comments

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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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