NELSON TRAILS

Glider Road

Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Glider Road climbs from Marsden Valley to the top of Barnicoat Range, giving access to MTB tracks Widdershins and Involution. The 605 m elevation grassy summit provides expansive views over Tasman Bay and the ranges of Mt Richmond Forest Park, and is used as a take-off point for paragliders (hence the road’s name).

Details
Length4.2 km one way
Time Required1 hr 15 min to summit (walking)
Trail TypeGravel road
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation150 m
Finish Elevation605 m

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Elevation profile: Marsden Valley Rd to paragliding area

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Access

  5 min from Stoke

 

The start of Glider Road is a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Road. At the end of Marsden Valley Road there is a small car park on the right, just before the quarry. Here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. There is also plenty of room to park alongside the road.

 

The road is closed to all public vehicles except those who have an access key, so you are unlikely to encounter any vehicles. Logging and high fire risk will close access.

Description

Cross the bridge immediately to the right of the quarry entrance and pass the barrier gate. Follow the road to the right as it crosses Poorman Stream. From this point it is almost entirely uphill, with a reasonably consistent 11% gradient the whole way to the top. After 750 m Barnicoat Walkway branches steeply to the left. Glider Road sidles up the western side of Barnicoat Range, following its curvature in and out of gullies and passing through pine forest (Ngawhatu Forest). Near the top you can follow the road as it loops around to the summit, or take one of the well-worn shortcuts that goes straight up the grass bank on the right. There is a longdrop toilet and picnic table at the top, but no water.

 

On the return leg, you can continue north along Glider Road to connect with Barnicoat Walkway and Widdershins. For many mountain bikers Glider Road is just the unpleasant grind necessary to reach Widdershins and Involution tracks, the latter two being where the real enjoyment is had. You can also continue south along Barnicoat Range to Richmond, or drop down into Aniseed Valley via Barnicoats Road.

Glider Road
Marsden Valley and Barnicoat Range

Glider Road climbs from Marsden Valley to the top of Barnicoat Range, giving access to MTB tracks Widdershins and Involution. The 605 m elevation grassy summit provides expansive views over Tasman Bay and the ranges of Mt Richmond Forest Park, and is used as a take-off point for paragliders (hence the road’s name).

Trail Details
Length4.2 km one way
Time Required1 hr 15 min to summit (walking)
Trail TypeGravel road
Physical DifficultyModerate   
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Start Elevation150 m
Finish Elevation605 m

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Access

  5 min from Stoke

 

The start of Glider Road is a 5 minute drive from Stoke up Marsden Valley Road. At the end of Marsden Valley Road there is a small car park on the right, just before the quarry. Here you will find an information panel with a map and details on trail times and distances. There is also plenty of room to park alongside the road.

 

The road is closed to all public vehicles except those who have an access key, so you are unlikely to encounter any vehicles. Logging and high fire risk will close access.

Description

Cross the bridge immediately to the right of the quarry entrance and pass the barrier gate. Follow the road to the right as it crosses Poorman Stream. From this point it is almost entirely uphill, with a reasonably consistent 11% gradient the whole way to the top. After 750 m Barnicoat Walkway branches steeply to the left. Glider Road sidles up the western side of Barnicoat Range, following its curvature in and out of gullies and passing through pine forest (Ngawhatu Forest). Near the top you can follow the road as it loops around to the summit, or take one of the well-worn shortcuts that goes straight up the grass bank on the right. There is a longdrop toilet and picnic table at the top, but no water.

 

On the return leg, you can continue north along Glider Road to connect with Barnicoat Walkway and Widdershins. For many mountain bikers Glider Road is just the unpleasant grind necessary to reach Widdershins and Involution tracks, the latter two being where the real enjoyment is had. You can also continue south along Barnicoat Range to Richmond, or drop down into Aniseed Valley via Barnicoats Road.

Updated 18 February 2019