9 miles
Distance
3,039 ft
Climb
-3,267 ft
Descent
02:19:52
Avg time

Wharfedale Track Details

  • Riding Area
    Rangiora
    Rangiora
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular in reverse
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Global Ranking
    #19091 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

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 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
    -0.457%
  • Grade max
    -60.818%
  • Grade min
    61.973%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,362 ft
  • Avg time
    02:19:52
  • Avg reverse time
    00:57:12
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Status:
on Dec 7, 2018
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4 (12 votes)

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

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Dec 7, 2018 @ 12:35pm
Dec 7, 2018
Large sections of mud as you near the saddle. A largeTree trunk suspended/overhanging the trail after the saddle on the way to the hut. Could be...
Dec 7, 2018 @ 12:35pm
Dec 7, 2018
Wet wet wet.
Oct 22, 2018 @ 2:10am
Oct 22, 2018
Riding mint, a couple of muddy patches despite the recent hot weather, but no trees across the trail - it seems to have had maintenance recently....
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
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Dec 8, 2018 @ 5:48pm
Dec 8, 2018
Wharfedale Track, Rangiora
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Dec 8, 2018 @ 5:48pm
Dec 8, 2018
Wharfedale Track, Rangiora
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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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The Wharfedale Track, Part 1 | MTB Trail Magic
8:15 | 168 | Apr 29, 2018 , Rangiora
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