The Wairoa Gorge

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Situated deep in the Wairoa Valley, 45 minutes drive from central Nelson, ‘The Gorge’ is home to 70km of hand-built mountain bike trails that run through a lush native and beech forest environment from a maximum elevation of 1200m.

The agreement between the owners and NMTBC gives year-round access for NMTBC members that wish to take part in vehicle assisted shuttle days at The Gorge. Access will be strictly controlled by NMTBC to ensure the quality of the rider experience and that all H&S and access requirements are adhered to.

The trails in The Gorge are sublime, and have to be experienced to be fully appreciated. One of the key features of the facility is the pristine native forest that the trails run through, which is a magical place to be. The trails themselves have been painstakingly created over several years by the best trail builders in New Zealand.

To be eligible to ride at The Gorge NMTBC club members will purchase a Gorge Top-Up. Visits can then be purchased as and when availability allows. NMTBC will also run a limited number of private shuttle days and events at the facility each year that the general public can enter. 

How to book a day of shuttling at the Wairoa Gore Bike Park:

1. Join the club for 2017 - do that here 

2. Once your club membership payment has cleared (instant with credit card/PayPal or 48hrs with bank transfer) log into this website by clicking here 

3. Once you're logged in click here 

4. Buy a Wairoa membership add-on ($45) and book your shuttle days ($95 per day per person). Shuttles run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You must book at least one day when you buy the add-on. You can come back at any time and book more shuttle days where there is availability. You can book as many days as you want. 

5. If you pay by credit card/PayPal then that's it. If you pay by bank transfer you have up-to 5 days to pay.

Note: You can change the date of your shuttle days at the Gorge up-to 7 days before you are due to ride, space allowing. Go to "Manage Bookings". We can't do refunds on days booked (the admin around it is just too much, so please be sure you want to come and ride the Gorge before you book a day).

If you are a visitor to the region and want to ride at WGBP on a scheduled shuttle day, you can buy a single day shuttle pass which includes a temporary one day only club membership for an all-inclusive price of $150. This does not entitle you to any of the many benefits that NTMBC members enjoy, and does not include a temporary forestry permit for riding the trails around Nelson (which is an additional $15 - available from all good bike shops in town). Contact for more details.  Please note that you will need to arrange this during working hours (9.00 am - 5.00 pm, Monday-Friday).

Rider information:


Private shuttle days: 

If you would like to ride the WGBP on a day when regular shuttles are not scheduled and you'd like to book your own shuttle vehicle so you can explore the park exclusively with your own crew, then we can sort that out for you. Please contact: and let us know the day you want to book, numbers and your contact information.

Groups up to 10 = $1200 per day, Groups 10 - 22 = $2100 per day

All payments must be made in advance.  Bookings may be re-scheduled provided request is received no less than 7 days prior to booked day.  There are no refunds.

How to book a stay at the Wairoa Gorge Lodge:

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There is a very comfortable gas heated lodge that can be booked for overnight stays at the Wairoa Gorge Bike Park. It sleeps up-to 14. It has BBQ's, toilets, hot showers, kitchen and lounge facilities - but you will need to bring your own food and linen/sleeping bag. The kitchen is fully equipped with cooking and serving utensils as well as all the mod-cons including fridges, dishwasher, microwave and even an espresso machine! There is no guarantees on salt, tea, cooking oil etc, so you will need to be prepared to fully self-cater.  Perfect for relaxing after a big day riding or having a weekend away. The river is close if you want to have a swim after a days riding.

There is one room with a double bed and ensuite and the other four rooms each sleep three people in a bunk bed and one single bed.  There is no phone or cellphone reception.  The lodge must be left clean and tidy on departure or else your group will forfeit their bond.  

The cost of the lodge per night is $450 for up to 8 people ($56 per person), and $50 per additional person up-to the maximum of 14. The bond is $300.

Please note that as the lodge is on site it is within the property gates, which are locked between 5pm and 7am. After hours access is only possible in case of emergency. Check-in is strictly 4pm or earlier by arrangement. If you arrive after this time, the cost is $150 to have a staff member meet you at your designated arrival time.

On the day of departure, the Lodge must be cleaned and vacated by 8.30am, unless there are no bookings the following night, then riders may use the Lodge during the day and vacate by 4pm.

It should be noted that the main gate will be locked between 5pm and 7am and groups staying in the Lodge cannot leave the site, nor can anyone come late.  

To book the lodge please send an email to with your preferred date, number of people staying and contact information.  All bookings must be paid for in advance and some members of the group must be booked onto an adjacent shuttle day (although it is ok for riders to have non-riding friends/family with them in the Lodge for the night._  Bookings may be rescheduled provided the request is received no less than 7 days prior to the booked day.  No refunds. 


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All inclusive Ride/Stay packages:

Trail Journeys

The great team at Trail Journeys Nelson has created an all-inclusive two-day package for those of you that want to have everything taken care of so you can focus all your energy on having a rad time riding. You just book flights and they take care of the rest. This package includes:

• All transport (to and from Nelson Airport or Nelson CBD)

• One night accommodation at the Wairoa Gorge Lodge

• Linen

• All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks - as listed per day)

• Hosting

• Lodge cleaning

• Wairoa Gorge Bike Park temporary membership

• Full access to Wairoa Gorge Bike Park including shuttles (2 days)

(Minimum number of people per group - 8)

For full details click here

Gravity Nelson

The passionate team from Gravity Nelson  have put together the guided trip that is NOT a guided trip and called it the  "Bangers and Mash Gorge Package”  which includes: ex-Nelson transfers, accommodation, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch, two days of shuttles, a free bike check-up the day before, a bike mechanic and host.  Pricing starts at $650 per person for groups of 5 or more people.

The team from Gravity Nelson have also put together some top tips for the Gorge (Demystifying Riding the Wairoa Gorge) and tell you how to make the most of your Gorge experience (Free Trail Advice).

Make the most of their passion!

For full details click here


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