4 miles
1,668 ft
-2,051 ft
Avg time

Whites Bay Track Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

The Mt Robertson is a 20km loop track that is a scenic cross country route which demands a good level of fitness and confidence when descending.

Park your car in Whites Bay, then ride back to the road and head north uphill for 3km's before turning left at the Loop Track Sign (about 50m past the crest of the hill). After 1.4km's you'll pass a pylon. Head through the gate and right to stay on the Loop Track where it narrows into single track.

Expect it to take about 1 hour for the first 14km's from Whites Bay to the signposted fork at the top of the ridge where you can choose to head up Mt Robertson (about 1 hour away and mostly hard uphill riding - but great fun downhill). At this point if you don't decide to do the 'there and back' trip up Mt Robertson, the Loop Track heads south through tight singletrack. Follow the Whites Bay signs.

At the end, follow the pylon track to a fork, head sharp left where you'll reach the road between Whites Bay and Rarangi. Turn left and head back to Whites Bay to your car.

This descent is narrow and rough but great fun. There are a lot of tree roots so riding it in or after the rain is not advised. Due to the tree roots avoid this track in the wet or after rain.

Access Info

From Blenheim head north on SH1 to Tuamarina. Turn east at the Rarangi signpost and go to Whites Bay.

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More Stats for Whites Bay Track bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -383 ft
  • Altitude min
    506 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,251 ft
  • Altitude start
    889 ft
  • Altitude end
    506 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,353 ft
  • Avg time
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on Oct 19, 2018
Avg: 4.5 (6 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Whites Bay Track Trail Reports

Oct 19, 2018 @ 11:34am
Oct 19, 2018
Awesome, dry, fun'n'fast, just ride it....
Sep 28, 2018 @ 5:46pm
Sep 28, 2018
Loop track gate destroyed, but track is dry and fast. Monkey bay ridge still greasy
Sep 15, 2018 @ 12:59pm
Sep 15, 2018
Still dry, fun'n'fast. Get there now before the rain arrives... Happy trails
Sep 13, 2018 @ 4:11pm
Sep 13, 2018
Super dry, super fun, super fast.
Jan 8, 2018 @ 4:29pm
Jan 8, 2018
Roots are dry two days after a rain followed by warm dry weather. Ground is damp at most places with the occasional puddle but not muddy.
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5 Reviews & Comments

  • + 1
flag toddgoss (Jan 18, 2018 at 20:16)
 Not a mountain bike trail. Most of us would prefer to actually ride uphill and not push, and this trail does not lend itself to that ideal. If you try to "ride" this bring comfortable shoes to walk in, especially when the clay that forms the surface is wet and slippery. Or just pass on it completely, it was a waste of time.
  • + 0
flag longliveenduro (Feb 27, 2018 at 20:11)
 Refering to the comment before: there is definitely nearly zero uphill riding on the loop track. So if you're ok with that consider it! The description says it is a cross country ride. Hmm the downhill is great fun with roots and rocks and some clay at the end. But for me it's a true black downhill track and not an XC track, so don't misinterpret the description. See the video section for my video to get an idea what the track is like. If you have experience in the wet and tacky tires it is also no problem in the wet but be gentle on the clay at the end for good trail karma.
  • + 0
flag longliveenduro (Feb 27, 2018 at 20:14)
 Also look for the single track option at the end when you cross a 4WD road. Take it, it is great fun and if you continue on that when you cross the main road you end up in monkeys bay/ Rarangi. Great fun and worth it but you have to pedal back to Whites Bay.
  • + 0
flag Owenkahl (Mar 31, 2018 at 20:15)
 Long push up but worth it for the challenging downhill. Not an easy ride down. Wouldn’t attempt after rain or if wet, track would become very difficult due to roots and rocks.
  • + 0
flag gingersi (3 days ago)
 Pretty hard out climb. Amazing descent!! Fast tech. App shows you still climbing to do but you start descending earlier. Nice surprise. Great trail for advanced riders.

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