12.8 miles
3,454 ft
-5,044 ft
Avg time

Wakamarina Track Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #11448 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #42721 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

The Wakamarina Track, an old goldminers’ trail, crosses the Richmond Range from the Wairau Valley to the Wakamarina Valley. Mountain bikers could complete the trip in one day (or do a there and back style ride to Fosters Clearing - Intermediate Grade). The track is best ridden as described below, from south to north.

Ride up to Fosters Clearing for views (water supply in the clearing), then descend and sidle about 2km's before walking to the top of the crossing (1066m). It's rough going through here. From here it's switchbacks galore as you descend over 800m in 2.5km's of rocky, twisty singletrack.

Near the bottom turn right at the turn off to Stone Huts, and you'll shortly reach the Devils Creek Hut turn off. Have a look at the hut, or sidle down to the Wakamarina River valley. After 4km's you'll reach the Doom Creek Hut site, head left down to the footbridge crossing Doom Creek and head left again. The Wakamarina Rd end is 2km's further on, and then an easy 15km's to Canvastown.

Expect it to take up to 5 hours.


Head up to Fosters Clearing and then back the same way you came. It'll take about 2-3 hours.

AVOID IN THE WET!! The track has a clay surface.

Blue Moon Lodge can organise shuttles (http://www.bluemoonhavelock.co.nz/)

Access Info

Blenheim side:

Turn off State Highway 6 on to Northbank Road, 6km north of Renwick (16km from Blenheim). Follow Northbank Road for 5km, then Onamalutu Road for 11km, past Onamalutu Domain, to Flowers Creek ford. A final 5km up Kiwi Road leads to the car park at the start of the track. Road access is also possible from Bartletts Valley. This route to the track is longer and recommended for 4WD vehicles only.

Havelock side:

Access to the track is via a road from Canvastown, 9km west of Havelock on the Nelson–Blenheim Highway. The road leads 15km up the Wakamarina Valley to Butchers Flat car park. A road suitable for 4WD vehicles only continues a further 1.5km to a small car park just before Doom Creek.

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More Stats for Wakamarina Track multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,590 ft
  • Altitude min
    321 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,489 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,949 ft
  • Altitude end
    361 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,888 ft
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      Wakamarina Track Trail Reports

      Jan 12, 2024 @ 10:42am
      Jan 12, 2024
      Dry and fast from car park to Fosters clearing . A little greasy in places from Fosters towards Devils hutt.
      May 24, 2022 @ 3:37pm
      May 24, 2022
      Magic conditions. Slightly moist cornflakes covering the track. It is running mint. Fast and positive. Late autumn riding at its best. Enjoy it...
      Mar 26, 2022 @ 9:33pm
      Mar 26, 2022
      Track is in incredible condition. Minor issue is a couple of big trees down about 3/4 the way down the decent. Kiwi rd is closed so add another...
      Jan 26, 2022 @ 1:32pm
      Jan 26, 2022
      Large log across track roughly 600m before Devils hut. A ramp has been built up it but it's NOT rollable. Huck to flat.
      Nov 7, 2021 @ 9:36am
      Nov 7, 2021
      Slippery up to Fosters Clearing, dry on the downhill section. A number of trees down along the route but can navigate over or around
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