NELSON TRAILS

Fringed Hill

Fringed Hill (793 m) overlooks Brook Valley and central Nelson. Fringed Hill Road is a public forestry road that gives access to the hill summit and the challenging MTB tracks Black Diamond Ridge, FDH and Te Ara Koa. The 5.5 km climb to the summit is grueling, but well worth it for the views and downhill fun on offer.

Details
Length7.2 km from Tantragee car park to summit; 5.5 km from Tantragee Saddle to summit
Time Required2 hr to summit from Tantragee car park (walking)
Trail TypeGravel road
Physical DifficultyHard   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation50 m
Finish Elevation793 m


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Access

  5 min from central Nelson

 

Fringed Hill Road begins at Tantragee Saddle and can be accessed from Brook Valley or Maitai Valley.

 

In Brook Valley there is a car park at the start of Tantragee Road, just across the bridge across The Brook. There is also street parking a kilometre further down the valley, at the start of Codgers Track. Both of these start points are only a 10-15 min ride from the city centre. If you intend to ride Te Ara Koa, Brook Valley is the best start point.

 

In the Maitai Valley, there are two car parks on each respective side of Maitai Motor Camp. Maitai River Walkway provides a good connection directly to the city centre, which is a 15-20 min ride. If you are using Fringed Hill to access Black Diamond Ridge and Sunrise Ridge, Maitai Valley is the best start point.

 

Logging, and high fire risk in summer will close access.

Description




Follow Tantragee Road from either one of the car parks (in Brook Valley or Maitai Valley) to Tantragee Saddle, and at the top turn onto Fringed Hill Road, which continues uphill (you will see Nelson City Council signposts directing you).

 

The road climbs in up and around Groom Creek gully, and then around the northern aspect of Fringed Hill, before switching back westward for the final climb. The average gradient of Fringed Hill Road is 11% and is reasonably consistent the whole way up. The hillside is covered in young pine trees which are low enough to allow amazing views north and west across Tasman Bay. The road rounds the upper slopes of Groom Creek gully again, before reaching the top of the unnamed spur that forms the western side of the gully. The road forks here.

 

To access the summit, turn left at the fork, (it is signposted) and continue up a couple more zig-zags. The summit hosts transmission masts and associated buildings, and there is a trig and a couple of wooden benches to relax on after your climb. Beech forest begins immediately behind the buildings, and a signs indicate the respective beginnings of Black Diamond Ridge (expert difficulty) and Te Ara Koa (advanced difficulty).

 

Heading straight at the fork will take you to a clearing where Fringed Downhill (expert difficulty) descends down Bullock Spur into Brook Valley. Continue straight to head onto Fringed Hill Classic, which descends Cummins Spur through native bush and pine forest, and intersects Dun Mountain Trail at Four Corners.

Fringed Hill

Fringed Hill (793 m) overlooks Brook Valley and central Nelson. Fringed Hill Road is a public forestry road that gives access to the hill summit and the challenging MTB tracks Black Diamond Ridge, FDH and Te Ara Koa. The 5.5 km climb to the summit is grueling, but well worth it for the views and downhill fun on offer.

Details
Length7.2 km from Tantragee car park to summit; 5.5 km from Tantragee Saddle to summit
Time Required2 hr to summit from Tantragee car park (walking)
Trail TypeGravel road
Physical DifficultyHard   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation50 m
Finish Elevation793 m


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Access

  5 min from central Nelson

 

Fringed Hill Road begins at Tantragee Saddle and can be accessed from Brook Valley or Maitai Valley.

 

At Brook Valley there is a car park at the start of Tantragee Road, just across the bridge across The Brook. There is street parking a kilometre further down the valley, at the start of Codgers Track. Both of these start points are only a 10-15 min ride from the city centre. If you intend to ride Te Ara Koa, Brook Valley is the best start point.

 

In the Maitai Valley, there are two car parks on each respective side of Maitai Motor Camp. Maitai River Walkway provides a good connection directly to the city centre, which is a 15-20 min ride. If you are using Fringed Hill to access Black Diamond Ridge and Sunrise Ridge, Maitai Valley is the best start point.

 

Logging, and high fire risk in summer will close access.

 




 

Description

Follow Tantragee Road from either one of the car parks (in Brook Valley or Maitai Valley) to Tantragee Saddle, and at the top turn onto Fringed Hill Road, which continues uphill (you will see Nelson City Council signposts directing you).

 

The road climbs in up and around Groom Creek gully, and then around the northern aspect of Fringed Hill, before switching back westward for the final climb. The average gradient of Fringed Hill Road is 11% and is reasonably consistent the whole way up. The hillside is covered in young pine trees which are low enough to allow amazing views north and west across Tasman Bay. The road rounds the upper slopes of Groom Creek gully again, before reaching the top of the unnamed spur that forms the western side of the gully. The road forks here.

 

To access the summit, turn left at the fork, (it is signposted) and continue up a couple more zig-zags. The summit hosts transmission masts and associated buildings, and there is a trig and a couple of wooden benches to relax on after your climb. Beech forest begins immediately behind the buildings, and a signs indicate the respective beginnings of Black Diamond Ridge (expert difficulty) and Te Ara Koa (advanced difficulty).

 

Heading straight at the fork will take you to a clearing where Fringed Downhill (expert difficulty) descends down Bullock Spur into Brook Valley. Continue straight to head onto Fringed Hill Classic, which descends Cummins Spur through native bush and pine forest, and intersects Dun Mountain Trail at Four Corners.

 




 

Updated 18 February 2019