What is so good about riding a bike off road in the Nelson region?
Having over 1000m of elevation to play with on our doorstep is a great starting point. From high alpine environments, to lush native forests and rooty forestry blocks the luxury of choice has resulted in a wide variety of trails in and around Nelson, each with a unique flavour.
Within a 10km radius of Nelson City you'll find over 30 trails ranging from grade 2 to grade 5. Multiple DH tracks, flow tracks, root infested technical challenges, family friendly loops and classic back country epics. Dun Mountain, 629, Peaking Ridge, Maitai Face, Sharlands, Involution, Fringed Hill and Codgers trails are all just a short ride from town.
If you have a vehicle then your options really expand. The Rameka Track for example from the top of Takaka Hill is well worth the trip, and offers a unique and immensely enjoyable 800 vertical metre descent into Takaka through native bush. The Heaphy Track is another Nelson region icon that doesn't need much introduction – and now permanent MTB access has been granted it’s set to see continued growth in rider numbers as people from around the world make the trip to explore this truly amazing multi-day ride.
There are far too many trails to list here – but suffice to say that no matter what your skill level there is enough quality MTB riding in and around Nelson to keep everyone happy.