NELSON TRAILS

Teetotal-Big Bush Trail Area

St Arnaud

The Teetotal-Big Bush Trail Area is located just west of St Arnaud and includes a number of trails of varying length and difficulty. The trails begin on Teetotal Flats, which are former river terraces of the Buller River, and climb through the beautiful beech forest of Big Bush Conservation Area. Big Bush is a 15,660 ha expanse of original native beech forest. Big Bush was described by surveyor Charles Hursthouse in 1859 as a ‘black forest region unfit for man nor domestic beast’, and to this day it remains largely untouched.


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Connections

Teetotal-Big Bush Trail Area connects to St Arnaud via two tracks; Village Link (walking, trail running and MTB) and Moraine Walk (walking and trail running).

Access

  1 hr 5 min from Nelson

 

Teetotal Flat car park and camp site is located 2 min west of St Arnaud along State Highway 63. St Arnaud is 75 km southwest of Nelson. At the car park there are toilets and an information panel with a map and trail details. The car park is also used for the nearby ice skating rink.

 

You can also get to the car park from St Arnaud by following the track that begins at Rotoiti Lodge Road runs alongside State Highway 63, around the base of Black Hill.

Skating Pond Loop

An easy loop track starting and finishing at Teetotal Flats car park. The track heads northwest across the grass flats and through patches of matagouri and kānuka trees, and completes a loop around the ice skating pond.

 

Length3.5 kmTrail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTBDirectionEither
Physical DifficultyEasy   Technical DifficultyEasy  

 

Sidewinder Track

Sidewinder Track makes it its way through beech, kānuka and grass clearings. It can be completed in either direction and is it suited to both biking and trail running. The western end gives access to the bottom of Flying Moa.

 

Length2.5 kmTrail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTBDirectionEither
Physical DifficultyEasy   Technical DifficultyAdvanced  

 

Rattler Rim

Rattler Rim heads provides easy travelling between Douglas Hill and the western end of Sidewinder, winding through clumps of manuka trees and grass clearings above an old terrace of the Buller River.

 

Length3.2 kmTrail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTBDirectionEither
Physical DifficultyEasy   Technical DifficultyEasy  

 

Kaka Track

Kaka Track provides the most straight-forward access to Big Bush Track and the other downhill tracks that descend from the ridge. The track climbs though beautiful beech forest with mossy undergrowth. The track is well-graded and suitable for walking and riding.

 

Length1.8 kmTrail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTBDirectionEither
Physical DifficultyModerate   Technical DifficultyIntermediate  

 

Flying Moa

Flying Moa descends from Big Bush Track to link with the western end of Sidewinder. It is an intermediate-grade track that winds downhill through lush beech forest, and aside from a few technical turns it shouldn’t provide too many dramas for most riders. Combine Flying Moa with Kaka Track and Sidewinder or Rattler Rim to form a nice loop.

 

Length2.2 kmTrail TypeSingletrack
UsesMTBDirectionDownhill only
Physical DifficultyModerate   Technical DifficultyIntermediate  
Start Elevation850 mFinish Elevation600 m

 

Big Bush Track

Big Bush Track is the original DOC tramping track that traversed the ridge that runs parallel to Teetotal Flats, with all other recently developed MTB trails branching off it. It is an integral part of any circuit in the trail area.

 

Length4.4 kmTrail TypeTramping track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTBDirectionEither
Physical DifficultyEasy   Technical DifficultyIntermediate  

 

Rocky Horror

Expert-grade singletrack that descends from Big Bush Track to Skating Pond Loop.

 

Length1.3 kmTrail TypeSingletrack
UsesMTBDirectionDownhill only
Physical DifficultyModerate   Technical DifficultyExpert  
Start Elevation860 mFinish Elevation605 m

 

Duck Down

Advanced-grade singletrack that descends from Big Bush Track to Skating Pond Loop.

 

Length1.9 kmTrail TypeSingletrack
UsesMTBDirectionDownhill only
Physical DifficultyModerate   Technical DifficultyAdvanced  
Start Elevation870 mFinish Elevation610 m

 

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Teetotal-Big Bush Trail Area
St Arnaud

The Teetotal-Big Bush Trail Area is located just west of St Arnaud and includes a number of trails of varying length and difficulty. The trails begin on Teetotal Flats, which are former river terraces of the Buller River, and climb through the beautiful beech forest of Big Bush Conservation Area. Big Bush is a 15,660 ha expanse of original native beech forest. Big Bush was described by surveyor Charles Hursthouse in 1859 as a ‘black forest region unfit for man nor domestic beast’, and to this day it remains largely untouched.


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Access

  1 hr 5 min from Nelson

 

Teetotal Flat car park and camp site is located 2 min west of St Arnaud along State Highway 63. St Arnaud is 75 km southwest of Nelson. At the car park there are toilets and an information panel with a map and trail details. The car park is also used for the nearby ice skating rink.

Skating Pond Loop

An easy loop track starting and finishing at Teetotal Flats car park. The track heads northwest across the grass flats and through patches of matagouri and kānuka trees, and completes a loop around the ice skating pond.

 

Length3.2 km
Trail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
Physical DifficultyEasy   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
Sidewinder

Sidewinder Track makes it its way through beech, kānuka and grass clearings. It can be completed in either direction and is it suited to both biking and trail running. The western end gives access to the bottom of Flying Moa.

 

Length2.5 km
Trail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
Physical DifficultyEasy   
Technical DifficultyAdvanced   
Rattler Rim

Rattler Rim heads provides easy travelling between Douglas Hill and the western end of Sidewinder, winding through clumps of manuka trees and grass clearings above an old terrace of the Buller River.

 

Length3.2 km
Trail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
Physical DifficultyEasy   
Technical DifficultyEasy   
Kaka Track

Kaka Track provides the most straight-forward access to Big Bush Track and the other downhill tracks that descend from the ridge. The track climbs though beautiful beech forest with mossy undergrowth. The track is well-graded and suitable for walking and riding.

 

Length1.8 km
Trail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
Flying Moa

Flying Moa descends from Big Bush Track to link with the western end of Sidewinder. It is an intermediate-grade track that winds downhill through lush beech forest, and aside from a few technical turns it shouldn’t provide too many dramas for most riders. Combine Flying Moa with Kaka Track and Sidewinder or Rattler Rim to form a nice loop.

 

Length2.2 km
Trail TypeSingletrack
UsesMTB
DirectionDownhill
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
Start Elevation850 m
Finish Elevation600 m
Big Bush Track

Big Bush Track is the original DOC tramping track that traversed the ridge that runs parallel to Teetotal Flats, with all other recently developed MTB trails branching off it. It is an integral part of any circuit in the trail area.

 

Length4.4 km
Trail TypeShared track
UsesWalking, trail running and MTB
DirectionEither
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyIntermediate   
Rocky Horror

Expert-grade singletrack that descends from Big Bush Track to Skating Pond Loop.

 

Length1.3 km
Trail TypeSingletrack
UsesMTB
DirectionDownhill
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyExpert   
Start Elevation860 m
Finish Elevation605 m
Rocky Horror

Advanced-grade singletrack that descends from Big Bush Track to Skating Pond Loop.

 

Length1.9 km
Trail TypeSingletrack
UsesMTB
DirectionDownhill
Physical DifficultyModerate   
Technical DifficultyAdvanced   
Start Elevation870 m
Finish Elevation610 m
Connections

Teetotal-Big Bush Trail Area connects to St Arnaud via two tracks; Village Link (walking, trail running and MTB) and Moraine Walk (walking and trail running).

Updated 26 August 2020