12.8 miles
Distance
3,454 ft
Climb
-5,044 ft
Descent
03:10:20
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
    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
    #11448 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #42721 in Hiking
  • 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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Wakamarina Track bike 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
    -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
    03:10:20
  • Avg reverse time
    03:36:30
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on Nov 7, 2021
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  • Ideal
  • Dry
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      Wakamarina Track Trail Reports

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      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
      Oct 16, 2021 @ 1:52pm
      Oct 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...
      Oct 9, 2021 @ 1:59pm
      Oct 9, 2021
      Pretty wet and lots of tree branches down
      May 4, 2021 @ 3:08pm
      May 4, 2021
      Awesome condition. Running really fast.
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 12:07am
      Apr 25, 2021
      Awesome condition. Epic trail.
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      9 Reviews & Comments

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      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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      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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      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
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      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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      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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      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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      Siamsam (Aug 11, 2020 at 0:12)
       Finally got to do this track , stayed at Pinedale motor camp around 3km from the end of the track and the owner shuttled us round to the start which took just over an hours drive very convenient , the camp is a great spot in its own right
      The track was damp but not wet. First climb and decent was straightforward but the climb up to the 2nd summit is mostly tough hike a bike , first part of the 2nd the descent get pretty technical with not let up but still fun. The first is absolutely stunning
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      rmt (Apr 25, 2021 at 0:09)
       Just wanted to clarify that, other than having corners and going downhill, this trail is absolutely nothing like Te Ara Koa. This is probably a touch easier than Te Ara Koa.
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      rmt (Apr 25, 2021 at 0:11)
       Oh, and Pinedale Camp do a 10 seater shuttle for $400, or at relocation for $140. Bluemoon may also be able to help depending on availability.
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