Te Ara Koa Details
Riding areaDun Mountain
Voted DifficultyBlack Diamond (1 vote)
Bike typeDH, AM
Trail UsageBiking Primary
DirectionDownhill OnlyPopular direction shown
TTFs on trailRock Garden
Ride in rainYes
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.
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 min322 ft
Altitude max2,605 ft
Altitude start2,605 ft
Altitude end322 ft
Distance climb3,192 ft
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat838 ft
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Te Ara Koa Trail Reports
Jul 19, 2018 @ 2:10pm16 hours
|Getting pretty chewed up, and gives your arms a work out|
Jul 15, 2018 @ 5:51pmJul 15, 2018
|reporter Trees cleared|
Jul 10, 2018 @ 6:16pmJul 10, 2018
|Tree down on track on section from Fringe DH skid before crossing the Classic. Also pig rooting on mid section on area nicknamed Tui Glen.|
May 17, 2018 @ 8:54pmMay 17, 2018
|reporter All clear|
May 17, 2018 @ 7:02pmMay 17, 2018
|reporter Tree down just above Dun Mountain Trail|