13 miles
5,402 ft
-6,985 ft
Avg time

Wakamarina Track Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Wilderness Trail
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • 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.


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
  • Altitude change
    -1,584 ft
  • Altitude min
    318 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,491 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,941 ft
  • Altitude end
    358 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,391 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on May 27, 2018
Avg: 5 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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Wakamarina Track Trail Reports

May 27, 2018 @ 9:07pm
May 27, 2018
Apr 17, 2017 @ 2:59pm
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 17, 2017 @ 2:58pm
Apr 17, 2017
Track is Like a river
Mar 17, 2017 @ 2:13pm
Mar 17, 2017
Mar 17, 2017 @ 2:13pm
Mar 17, 2017
Made my way up from butchers flat to the ridge crossing and rode the main downhill section. Good conditions, maybe a bit slippery sometimes...
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Mar 11, 2018 @ 4:34am
Mar 11, 2018
Wakamarina Track, Nelson
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Mar 11, 2018 @ 4:28am
Mar 11, 2018
Wakamarina Track, Nelson
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Mar 10, 2018 @ 9:58pm
Mar 10, 2018
| 1 comments Wakamarina Track, Nelson
51 |
Mar 8, 2018 @ 6:34am
Mar 8, 2018
Wakamarina Track, Havelock

4 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag longliveenduro (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!
  • + 0
flag longliveenduro (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
  • + 1
flag longliveenduro (Apr 7, 2018 at 13:03)
 It's live. See the video section here of this trail or go directly to youtu.be/OnImbhgElMc
  • + 0
flag TheBikeNerd (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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