13 miles
Distance
3,454 ft
Climb
-5,044 ft
Descent
03:54:55
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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Bridge, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #2781 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

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/)

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 bike 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
    -2.3%
  • Grade max
    -84.2%
  • Grade min
    81.6%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,888 ft
  • Avg time
    03:54:55
  • Avg reverse time
    00:49:25
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Status:
on Jan 23, 2020
Very Dry
Avg: 5 (8 votes)

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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
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  • State land
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
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  • Wet
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  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
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      Wakamarina Track Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jan 23, 2020 @ 3:14pm
      Jan 23, 2020
      Tree down. Hard to duck under
      Jan 5, 2019 @ 9:40am
      Jan 5, 2019
      Good condition at the moment, dry as a bone.
      Jan 1, 2019 @ 2:00pm
      Jan 1, 2019
      May 27, 2018 @ 9:07pm
      May 27, 2018
      Apr 17, 2017 @ 2:59pm
      Apr 17, 2017
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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Mar 11, 2017 at 16:24)
       In case you consider having a shuttle from bluemoon: it costs 80 NZD to bring your own car to the end of the track. No shuttle with their vehicles!
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      • + 0
      flag longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Feb 27, 2018 at 20:03)
       A third option is to park at the end of the track at Butchers Flat and push the bike to the first summit. The pushup is massive. 3-4 hours for a normal human. Then going back is great fun and I would consider it a max grade 4/ dark blue. The video when I do this option will soon be live at my youtube channel longliveenduro.de
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      • + 1
      flag longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Apr 7, 2018 at 13:03)
       It's live. See the video section here of this trail or go directly to youtu.be/OnImbhgElMc
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag TheBikeNerd NWTA (Apr 20, 2018 at 23:19)
       For a solo person to get a shuttle through Blue Moon, it is now $160. I got the impression this fee would be split up for multiple people as they're still just moving one car. Instead of shuttling, I rode an out and back from Butchers Flat to the high point. It's about an hour ride to devil's hut then a solid 2 hour steep hike-a-bike 900m to the top. Unless you like hike-a-bike, I wouldn't recommend this option. The decent was fun, but Te Ara Koa in Nelson is similar (terrain and drop), but with no hike-a-bike.
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      • + 1
      flag Cobus (Dec 18, 2018 at 0:52)
       Another great option for shuttling your own vehicle is through Pete at Pinedale Motor Camp - pinedalemotorcamp.kiwi/

      Pinedale is a rad spot to stay over before or after the ride too.
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      • + 0
      flag longliveenduro MTB - Augsburg (Jan 23, 2020 at 15:19)
       Did an In and Out from the south to the second summit (the one after Fosters), and can only recommend that. Most of the effort goesinto going in, and then the out is a fun combination of technical Downhill and fast and flowy DH. So instead of paying for shuttle or car relocation you can choose to make 2 days out of it, one from the north, one from the south. Both days will be awesome.
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