Wakamarina Track Details
- Mountain Bike
- Trail Running
Hiking SAC ScaleT3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
Trail TypeWilderness Trail
Bike TypeAM, XC
DirectionBoth DirectionsPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
Trail VisibilityAlways easy to follow
TTFs on TrailBridge, Rock Garden
Global Ranking#11448 in Mountain Biking [+]
- #42721 in Hiking
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.
INTERMEDIATE GRADE OPTION:
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/)
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.
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 min321 ft
Altitude max3,489 ft
Altitude start1,949 ft
Altitude end361 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down7 miles
Distance flat3,888 ft
Avg reverse time05:36:42
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- Snow Cover Inadequate
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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Wakamarina Track Trail Reports
May 24, 2022 @ 3:37pmMay 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 @ 9:33pmMar 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 @ 1:32pmJan 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 @ 9:36amNov 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|
Oct 16, 2021 @ 1:52pmOct 16, 2021
|Pushed up to summit from Butchers flat carpark. After four days of dry weather, the trail was in ideal condition. Windfall present, but not too...|
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