3 miles
514 ft
-2,797 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Te Ara Koa Trail

Te Ara Koa Details

  • Riding area
    Dun Mountain
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Only
    Popular direction shown
  • Physical rating
  • TTFs on trail
    Rock Garden
  • Ride in rain
  • Global Ranking
  • Year Opened

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
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3,192 ft
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    838 ft
  • Avg time
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on Nov 29, 2017
Very Dry
Avg: 4.55 (8 votes)

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Te Ara Koa Trail Reports

Nov 29, 2017 @ 12:23am
Nov 29, 2017
Braking bumps getting bad towards the lower end of the track.
Oct 22, 2017 @ 1:06pm
Oct 22, 2017
Oct 21, 2017 @ 4:46pm
Oct 21, 2017
Perfect trail conitions
Oct 21, 2017 @ 12:36pm
Oct 21, 2017
Oct 13, 2017 @ 6:56pm
Oct 13, 2017
Roots are still greasy otherwise good
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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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