NELSON TRAILS

Tantragee Saddle

Tantragee Saddle is between Brook Valley and Maitai Valley, and is an access point for Codgers MTB Park, Fringed Hill, and Dun Mountain Trail. The 4WD road over the saddle can be combined with Maitai River Walkway to form a 11.5 km off-road loop within close range of the city centre. The name ‘Tantragee’ is thought to be a corruption of ‘Tanderagee’, which was the name of early settler John Kidson’s Brook Valley property. Tanderagee is the name of a small town in Ireland

Details
Length 1.8 km to saddle from car park; 2.4 km to saddle via Codgers Track; 3.4 km Brook Valley to Maitai River upstream footbridge; 11.5 km Sharland Hill circuit via Maitai Valley Walkway and Brook St
Time Required 45 min Brook Valley to Maitai Valley
Trail Type Gravel road
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Max Elevation 180 m


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Access

  5 min from central Nelson

 

The Brook Valley end of Tantragee Road begins at the car park on the left immediately after Brook Street crosses The Brook.

 

On the Maitai Valley side there is a car park on the right hand side of Maitai Valley Rd, immediately down-valley of Maitai Motor Camp (signposted from the road as Dun Mountain Trail start). There is also a small car park on the right immediately after the motor camp, with a bridge across to the end of Maitai Valley Walkway.

Description

The gravel road heads up a gully towards the Nelson City Council water treatment plant. Codgers Track (Dun Mountain Trail) connects on the left just after the treatment plant. The road cuts back above the plant, and Dun Mountain Trail continues on the right. At the saddle (180 m elevation) there is an intersection between Tantragee Rd, Fireball Rd (access to upper Codgers tracks) and Fringed Hill Rd (access to Fringed Hill).

 

The road descends into Groom Creek gully, passing water treatment ponds and then forks. Here you can either head right and pass through the arboretum and reach the end of Maitai Valley Walkway, where there is a pedestrian bridge across Maitai River. Heading straight will see you bypass the motor camp and link with Maitai River Walkway immediately down-valley of Maitai Motor Camp, where there is a road bridge across Maitai River to Maitai Valley Rd.

 

A circuit down Maitai River Walkway and up Brook St back to where you started is approximately 11.5 km.

Tantragee Saddle

Tantragee Saddle is between Brook Valley and Maitai Valley, and is an access point for Codgers MTB Park, Fringed Hill, and Dun Mountain Trail. The 4WD road over the saddle can be combined with Maitai River Walkway to form a 11.5 km off-road loop within close range of the city centre. The name ‘Tantragee’ is thought to be a corruption of ‘Tanderagee’, which was the name of early settler John Kidson’s Brook Valley property. Tanderagee is the name of a small town in Ireland

Details
Length 1.8 km to saddle from car park; 2.4 km to saddle via Codgers Track; 3.4 km Brook Valley to Maitai River upstream footbridge; 11.5 km Sharland Hill circuit via Maitai Valley Walkway and Brook St
Time Required 45 min Brook Valley to Maitai Valley
Trail Type Gravel road
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Either
Max Elevation 180 m


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Access

  5 min from central Nelson

 

The Brook Valley end of Tantragee Road begins at the car park on the left immediately after Brook Street crosses The Brook.

 

On the Maitai Valley side there is a car park on the right hand side of Maitai Valley Rd, immediately down-valley of Maitai Motor Camp (signposted from the road as Dun Mountain Trail start). There is also a small car park on the right immediately after the motor camp, with a bridge across to the end of Maitai Valley Walkway.

Description

The gravel road heads up a gully towards the Nelson City Council water treatment plant. Codgers Track (Dun Mountain Trail) connects on the left just after the treatment plant. The road cuts back above the plant, and Dun Mountain Trail continues on the right. At the saddle (180 m elevation) there is an intersection between Tantragee Rd, Fireball Rd (access to upper Codgers tracks) and Fringed Hill Rd (access to Fringed Hill).

 

The road descends into Groom Creek gully, passing water treatment ponds and then forks. Here you can either head right and pass through the arboretum and reach the end of Maitai Valley Walkway, where there is a pedestrian bridge across Maitai River. Heading straight will see you bypass the motor camp and link with Maitai River Walkway immediately down-valley of Maitai Motor Camp, where there is a road bridge across Maitai River to Maitai Valley Rd.

 

A circuit down Maitai River Walkway and up Brook St back to where you started is approximately 11.5 km.

Updated 26 March 2019