NELSON TRAILS

629

Maitai Water Reserve

629 is a 2.3 km expert-difficulty downhill MTB trail, descending from Sunrise Ridge into Maitai Valley, east of central Nelson. Getting to the start involves a big climb (around 490 vertical metres).

Details
Length2.3 km
Trail TypeSingletrack
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyExpert   
UsesMTB only
DirectionDownhill
Start Elevation629 m
Finish Elevation90 m

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Access and Description

  1 hr 15 min from central Nelson (by MTB)

 

629 is accessed via Bob Taylor Road, upstream of Maitai Dam. Follow Maitai Valley Road to the road end, and cross the pedestrian bridge to Dun Mountain Trail. Follow Dun Mountain Trail for 1.6 km to the junction with Bob Taylor Road (a signpost indicates this is the way to 629). Bob Taylor Road climbs through plantation forest and connects with Big Hill Track, which heads uphill on the left to the start of 629 (at 629 m elevation).

 

The upper section of 629 drops through manuka and beech forest and involves lots of tree roots and rocky patches, before ending with a steep rock face onto Bob Taylor Road, which is crossed to begin the lower section.

 

The lower section of 629 starts which a rocky chute and descends through native bush with plenty of rocks, roots and ruts. The track opens up into young pine forest and goes through a series of zig-zags with steep corners and a couple of drops over bare rock. For the most part the track is fast and free-flowing. 629 connects with Maitai Valley Road at Smiths Ford.

629
Maitai Water Reserve

629 is a 2.3 km expert-difficulty downhill MTB trail, descending from Sunrise Ridge into Maitai Valley, east of central Nelson. Getting to the start involves a big climb (around 490 vertical metres).

Details
Length2.3 km
Trail TypeSingletrack
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyExpert   
UsesMTB only
DirectionDownhill
Start Elevation629 m
Finish Elevation90 m


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Access and Description

  1 hr 15 min from central Nelson (by MTB)

 

629 is accessed via Bob Taylor Road, upstream of Maitai Dam. Follow Maitai Valley Road to the road end, and cross the pedestrian bridge to Dun Mountain Trail. Follow Dun Mountain Trail for 1.6 km to the junction with Bob Taylor Road (a signpost indicates this is the way to 629). Bob Taylor Road climbs through plantation forest and connects with Big Hill Track, which heads uphill on the left to the start of 629 (at 629 m elevation).

 

The upper section of 629 drops through manuka and beech forest and involves lots of tree roots and rocky patches, before ending with a steep rock face onto Bob Taylor Road, which is crossed to begin the lower section.

 

The lower section of 629 starts which a rocky chute and descends through native bush with plenty of rocks, roots and ruts. The track opens up into young pine forest and goes through a series of zig-zags with steep corners and a couple of drops over bare rock. For the most part the track is fast and free-flowing. 629 connects with Maitai Valley Road at Smiths Ford.

Updated 25 February 2019