NELSON TRAILS

 

Beeby’s Knob

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Beeby’s Knob (1442 m) is a peak in the southwestern corner of Mt Richmond Forest Park, near St Arnaud. A return trip to the summit is a good half-day walk or MTB ride, and Beeby’s Hut provides the option for overnight stays. There are two access routes; a walking track, and a 4WD road/MTB single track, the latter providing the option to ride. Maitland Ridge Track, which is now used as Te Araroa Trail, connects Beeby’s Knob with Red Hills Hut, allowing circuits between the two.

Details
Length6 km one way to summit; 7.8 km one way to Beeby’s Hut
Time Required2-3 hr one way to summit; 3-4 hr one way to Beeby’s Hut
Trail TypeTramping track/4WD road
Physical DifficultyHard   
UsesWalking and trail running
DirectionEither
Start Elevation610 m
Max Elevation1442 m
Dog AccessPermit required for Mt Richmond Forest Park; see Nelson DOC office

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Connections

Maitland Ridge Track (Te Araroa Trail)

   Walking, trail running and MTB

Red Hills Hut (Te Araroa Trail)

   Walking, trail running and MTB

Access

  1 hr from Nelson

 

There are two ways to reach the summit of Beeby’s Knob and Beeby’s Hut; a walking track and a 4WD road/MTB single track. The walking track is suitable for walking only, while the 4WD/single track is suitable for both walking and MTB.

 

Beeby’s Knob Walking Track: Korere-Tophouse Road

The track starts at a small car park on the left side (if you’re heading south) of Korere-Tophouse Road, 62 km south of Nelson (6.9 km south of Kikiwa and 6.5 km north of the State Highway 63 junction). The turnoff is in a tricky location on a sweeping left bend in the road. Look for the DOC sign and make a sharp left turn onto the gravel road that leads to the car park. There is a closed gate (unlocked) that you will need to open.

Description

From the car park, the Beeby’s Walking Track climbs and sidles the hillside through beech forest, reaching a wide saddle where beautiful beech forest and mossy logs cover the forest floor. The track steepens as it climbs the side of broad spur, and once on the crest, the gradient lessens. As the track progresses up the spur the beech trees gradually become shorter and thinner.

 

The track connects with Beeby’s 4WD road at the top of range. Turn left here and follow the road as it soon reaches the turnoff to Maitland Ridge Track at the tree line. The road continues along the range through open tussock and alpine herbs. The summit is 1.8 km beyond the Maitland Ridge turnoff. It is not signposted, though you will see the trig and a group of transmitters on top a rounded knob, which is a short deviation off the road.

 

The 4WD road continues for quite a distance along the range. Beeby’s Hut is a further 1.8 km beyond the summit, located alongside the bush edge on the eastern side of the range.

Beeby’s Hut
Hut TypeStandard Hut
Capacity6 bunks
BookingsNot required; first in, first served
Fee1 Standard Hut Ticket
FacilitiesWoodburner, mattresses, plenty of space for tents outside
Altitude1320 m
Safety

Be sure to let someone know your intentions before you go, and record your visit in Beeby’s Hut book. Beeby’s Knob is a highly-exposed alpine route, so proper preparation and care is essential to ensure a safe trip. Check the Nelson Lakes alpine weather forecast before you go; do not rely on the weather forecast for Nelson or Blenheim, as the alpine weather in the Richmond Ranges are likely to be very different. Make sure you carry plenty of water with you as there are no water sources aside from Beeby’s Hut and Red Hills Hut.

Beeby’s Knob
Mt Richmond Forest Park

Beeby’s Knob (1442 m) is a peak in the southwestern corner of Mt Richmond Forest Park, near St Arnaud. A return trip to the summit is a good half-day walk or MTB ride, and Beeby’s Hut provides the option for overnight stays. There are two access routes; a walking track, and a 4WD road/MTB singletrack, the latter providing the option to ride. Maitland Ridge Track, which is now used as Te Araroa Trail, connects Beeby’s Knob with Red Hills Hut, allowing circuits between the two.

Details
Length6 km one way to summit; 7.8 km one way to Beeby’s Hut
Time Required2-3 hr one way to summit; 3-4 hr one way to Beeby’s Hut
Trail TypeTramping track/4WD road
Physical DifficultyHard   
UsesWalking and trail running
DirectionEither
Start Elevation610 m
Max Elevation1442 m
Dog AccessPermit required for Mt Richmond Forest Park; see Nelson DOC office

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Access

  1 hr from Nelson

 

There are two ways to reach the summit of Beeby’s Knob and Beeby’s Hut; a walking track and a 4WD road/MTB single track. The walking track is suitable for walking only, while the 4WD/single track is suitable for both walking and MTB.

 

Beeby’s Knob Walking Track: Korere-Tophouse Road

The track starts at a small car park on the left side (if you’re heading south) of Korere-Tophouse Road, 62 km south of Nelson (6.9 km south of Kikiwa and 6.5 km north of the State Highway 63 junction). The turnoff is in a tricky location on a sweeping left bend in the road. Look for the DOC sign and make a sharp left turn onto the gravel road that leads to the car park. There is a closed gate (unlocked) that you will need to open.

Description

From the car park, the Beeby’s Walking Track climbs and sidles the hillside through beech forest, reaching a wide saddle where beautiful beech forest and mossy logs cover the forest floor. The track steepens as it climbs the side of broad spur, and once on the crest, the gradient lessens. As the track progresses up the spur the beech trees gradually become shorter and thinner.

 

The track connects with Beeby’s 4WD road at the top of range. Turn left here and follow the road as it soon reaches the turnoff to Maitland Ridge Track at the tree line. The road continues along the range through open tussock and alpine herbs. The summit is 1.8 km beyond the Maitland Ridge turnoff. It is not signposted, though you will see the trig and a group of transmitters on top a rounded knob, which is a short deviation off the road.

 

The 4WD road continues for quite a distance along the range. Beeby’s Hut is a further 1.8 km beyond the summit, located alongside the bush edge on the eastern side of the range.

 

Beeby’s Hut
Hut TypeStandard Hut
Capacity6 bunks
BookingsNot required; first in, first served
Fee1 Standard Hut Ticket
FacilitiesWoodburner, mattresses, plenty of space for tents outside
Altitude1320 m
Safety

Be sure to let someone know your intentions before you go, and record your visit in Beeby’s Hut book. Beeby’s Knob is a highly-exposed alpine route, so proper preparation and care is essential to ensure a safe trip. Check the Nelson Lakes alpine weather forecast before you go; do not rely on the weather forecast for Nelson or Blenheim, as the alpine weather in the Richmond Ranges are likely to be very different. Make sure you carry plenty of water with you as there are no water sources aside from Beeby’s Hut and Red Hills Hut.

Connections

Maitland Ridge Track (Te Araroa Trail)

Walking, trail running and MTB

Red Hills Hut (Te Araroa Trail)

Walking, trail running and MTB

Maitland Ridge

Mt Richmond Forest Park

Maitland Ridge Track connects Beeby’s Knob with Red Hills Hut, creating a 23 km circuit that can be completed from Tophouse. The trail was developed by the MTB Trails Trust and now doubles as Te Araroa Trail.

Details
LengthMaitland Ridge alone is 7.9 km; full circuit incl. Beeby’s 4WD Road and Red Hills 4WD Road is 22.5 km
Time Required3-4 hr (full circuit, MTB)
Trail TypeTramping track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyAdvanced   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation1330 m
Finish Elevation910 m (Red Hills Hut)
Dog AccessPermit required for Mt Richmond Forest Park; see Nelson DOC office
Seasonal Vehicle Access1 December – 30 April

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Connections

Red Hills Hut (Te Araroa Trail)

   Walking, trail running and MTB

Access

  1 hr 5 min from Nelson

 

There are two ways to reach the summit of Beeby’s Knob and Beeby’s Hut; a walking track and a 4WD road/MTB single track. The walking track is suitable for walking only, while the 4WD/single track is suitable for both walking and MTB.

 

Beeby’s Knob 4WD Road and Wots Up Doc: Tophouse Road

Beeby’s 4WD road begins at the Wairau Valley end of Tophouse Road, 69 km south of Nelson. Allow 1 hr 15 min to get to the track start from Nelson. The 4WD road traverses the entire ridge, giving vehicle access all the way to Beeby’s Hut. You can park on Tophouse Rd, however, if you’re riding the Maitland Ridge-Red Hills Hut circuit, a good idea is to park at the Red Hills Road car park. This way you’ll get the necessary ride along State Highway 63 out of the way first. There is a locked gate at the start of the road, though there is seasonal vehicle access (1 December – 30 April) and you can obtain a permit and gate key from Nelson Lakes DOC Centre.

Description

Maitland Ridge Track begins at the treeline on Beeby’s Knob, shortly after the junction between Beeby’s Knob 4WD Road and Beeby’s Knob Walking Track (refer to map). The track traverses beech-forested ridges and offers intermediate to advanced difficulty riding.

 

The track descends nearly non-stop through stunted mountain beech to a saddle at 1020 m elevation, then climbs gradually through a series of zig-zags toward point 1202 m, passing clearings that allow impressive views across Wairau Valley to Raglan Range. After point 1202 m the track goes through a slightly-technical descent, before crossing another saddle and climbing again to the top of the final descent, an old 4WD road down to Red Hills Hut.

Red Hills Hut
Hut TypeStandard Hut
Capacity6 bunks
BookingsNot required; first in, first served
Fee1 Standard Hut Ticket
FacilitiesMattresses only (no heating)
Altitude910 m

Continue down the 4WD road from Red Hills Hut and connect with State Highway 63. You will need to ride along the highway and turn right onto Tophouse Rd to return to where you started.

 

Maitland Ridge Track (and Beebys Knob 4WD Road) now double as the Te Araroa Trail; this is a safety improvement, as trampers previously had to walk along State Highway 63 when they got to the bottom of Red Hills 4WD road. MTB Trails Trust has plans for further development of trails, including a trail along the base of the range to link the downhill end of Red Hills 4WD road with Tophouse Rd, which will remove the need to ride along the highway.

Maitland Ridge
Mt Richmond Forest Park

Maitland Ridge Track connects Beeby’s Knob with Red Hills Hut, creating a 23 km circuit that can be completed from Tophouse. The trail was developed by the MTB Trails Trust and now doubles as Te Araroa Trail.

Details
LengthMaitland Ridge alone is 7.9 km; full circuit incl. Beeby’s 4WD Road and Red Hills 4WD Road is 22.5 km
Time Required3-4 hr (full circuit, MTB)
Trail TypeTramping track
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyAdvanced   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation1330 m
Finish Elevation910 m (Red Hills Hut)
Dog AccessPermit required for Mt Richmond Forest Park; see Nelson DOC office
Seasonal Vehicle Access1 December – 30 April

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Access

  1 hr 5 min from Nelson

 

There are two ways to reach the summit of Beeby’s Knob and Beeby’s Hut; a walking track and a 4WD road/MTB single track. The walking track is suitable for walking only, while the 4WD/single track is suitable for both walking and MTB.

 

Beeby’s Knob 4WD Road and Wots Up Doc: Tophouse Road

Beeby’s 4WD road begins at the Wairau Valley end of Tophouse Road, 69 km south of Nelson. Allow 1 hr 15 min to get to the track start from Nelson. The 4WD road traverses the entire ridge, giving vehicle access all the way to Beeby’s Hut. You can park on Tophouse Rd, however, if you’re riding the Maitland Ridge-Red Hills Hut circuit, a good idea is to park at the Red Hills Road car park. This way you’ll get the necessary ride along State Highway 63 out of the way first. There is a locked gate at the start of the road, though there is seasonal vehicle access (1 December – 30 April) and you can obtain a permit and gate key from Nelson Lakes DOC Centre.

Description

Maitland Ridge Track begins at the treeline on Beeby’s Knob, shortly after the junction between Beeby’s Knob 4WD Road and Beeby’s Knob Walking Track (refer to map). The track traverses beech-forested ridges and offers intermediate to advanced difficulty riding.

 

The track descends nearly non-stop through stunted mountain beech to a saddle at 1020 m elevation, then climbs gradually through a series of zig-zags toward point 1202 m, passing clearings that allow impressive views across Wairau Valley to Raglan Range. After point 1202 m the track goes through a slightly-technical descent, before crossing another saddle and climbing again to the top of the final descent, an old 4WD road down to Red Hills Hut.

 

Red Hills Hut
Hut TypeStandard Hut
Capacity6 bunks
BookingsNot required; first in, first served
Fee1 Standard Hut Ticket
FacilitiesMattresses only (no heating)
Altitude910 m

 

Continue down the 4WD road from Red Hills Hut and connect with State Highway 63. You will need to ride along the highway and turn right onto Tophouse Rd to return to where you started.

 

Maitland Ridge Track (and Beebys Knob 4WD Road) now double as the Te Araroa Trail; this is a safety improvement, as trampers previously had to walk along State Highway 63 when they got to the bottom of Red Hills 4WD road. MTB Trails Trust has plans for further development of trails, including a trail along the base of the range to link the downhill end of Red Hills 4WD road with Tophouse Rd, which will remove the need to ride along the highway.

Connections

Red Hills Hut (Te Araroa Trail)

Walking, trail running and MTB

Updated 18 February 2019