9 miles
3,068 ft
-3,297 ft
Avg time

Wharfedale Track Details

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  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
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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
    2,492 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
    2,413 ft
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on May 22, 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

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...
Apr 20, 2018 @ 2:34pm
Apr 20, 2018
A lot of trees are down and lying across the track since the recent winds. We managed to move some of the smaller ones, but someone is going to...
Apr 14, 2018 @ 4:54pm
Apr 14, 2018
Overgrown with the sticky and grabby thorny vines. Some trees down, but they're kinda fun. Watch out for low hanging branches and branches at...
Aug 27, 2017 @ 10:00pm
Aug 27, 2017
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Nov 24, 2017 @ 10:48pm
Nov 24, 2017
Wharfedale Track, Christchurch

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The Wharfedale Track, Part 2 | MTB Trail Magic
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