9 miles
3,039 ft
-3,267 ft
Avg time

Wharfedale Track Details

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    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
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    Both Directions
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This is an old stock route formed in 1879. It's overall gradient is generally okay, but as the weather takes its toll, the track has been weathered into a fun mountain bike track with exposed roots, fords and plenty of rocks. From the car park, follow the trail through beech forest to the saddle approx. 2 hours away. Turn around here and head back for a mostly downhill run at a good Intermediate grade ride. Or, continue on to and beyond the Wharfedale Hut for a much tougher (with some walking) ride (about 5 hours return).

NB: The Wharfedale is a grade harder when wet.

Access Info

From Oxford, drive south-west (towards Arthur's Pass) for just over 3km and turn right onto Woodstock Rd at the 'View Hill' signpost. Drive down the road for 10km before turning right onto Ingrams Rd at the 'Wharfedale Track' sign and cruising down to the ford 1 km away. If it has been raining you'll have to park here, otherwise continue up to the car park a further 6km away.

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More Stats for Wharfedale Track mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -228 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,542 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,491 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,771 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,543 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,362 ft
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on Oct 4, 2018
Avg: 3.9 (11 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to wharfedale-track trailhead (-43.255210, 172.040700)
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Wharfedale Track Trail Reports

Oct 4, 2018 @ 9:26pm
Oct 4, 2018
Rode in to the Saddle today. Fallen trees mentioned in previous report are in the region of two thirds to three quarters the way in to the Saddle...
Sep 29, 2018 @ 3:32pm
Sep 29, 2018
About 5 or 6 trees down between the car park and Wharfedale hut but easy do get over or around. Great ride and great track
Sep 15, 2018 @ 12:40am
Sep 15, 2018
Relatively dry, with only small muddy patches. Around 10 or so trees down between View Hill car park and Fosters hut, although all easy to get...
May 22, 2018 @ 11:31pm
May 22, 2018
We really enjoyed the ride to Wharfdale Hut and back. Usually quick parts with some intermediate and technical tasks. Open for all levels of...
May 17, 2018 @ 11:41pm
May 17, 2018
Totally fun ride yesterday. Half a dozen big trees down across the track from about the bridges to the saddle. The surface continues to be...
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Nov 24, 2017 @ 10:48pm
Nov 24, 2017
Wharfedale Track, Christchurch

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