Nelson Mountain Biking Trip // New Zealand Travel
This past week I was lucky to have four amazing days in Nelson, riding some incredible (and tough) mountain bike trails with my friend, Mark. He also happens to be my former manager so that worked out quite nicely didn’t it?! Thank you lovely wife for looking after the princess, I love you xo
On the first day we drove to Kaiteriteri Bike Park from Nelson. There are some amazing trails there the just seem to ‘flow’ around the various valleys that dissect the park. After bombing down a few runs and loosing it briefly (battle scars now on my arm), we took the bikes to Kaiteriteri Beach and cooled ourselves off in the blue waters that are the beginning of the Abel Tasman National Park. Very cool waters indeed, but what a beach.
The following day we set off from Mark’s house through Nelson City to the start of the Mt Dun Cycle Trails. This was the start of the Coppermine Trail that follows an old tramline up the mountain (guess the historical purpose of that tramline). A gentle and pleasurable gradient was followed by a ‘detour’ that really killed my legs – an unrideable near vertical section up a hill. Once that was over it was back to more human gradients to finish off the 22km ascent from sea level to around 978m elevation. After a spot of lunch above the snow line on a very rocky alpine perch, we descended into the Maitai Valley on a challenging technical trail that eventually gave way to some fast downhill single track (happy days!). That 48km ride was followed by a few well-deserved beers.
The following day was a little nuts. Just when I thought my legs could do no more, Mark apparently had plans to ride from Abel Tasman National Park to Takaka on the Rumeka Trail. I found this rather challenging to say the least. Moss-covered rocks under a canopy of Beech Forest is not everyday riding for me. But I stuck with it and was rewarded by handcrafted buttery-smooth downhill single track by none other than one of the Kennett Brothers. More happy days!
For the final day I decided to take it easy so revisited some of the Maitai Valley and took the camera with me. I can’t say a DSLR is what you want to have on a hardcore MTB trip, so i hope what little photos I did take manage to convey some of the beauty down there 🙂