Hira Forest/ Sharlands trails
The Hira forest, which is also known as the Sharland's trail network, is situated 10 minutes ride from Nelson. It is easily accessed off Maitai Valley Road.
The area is managed by Hancock, so a permit is necessary to enter (permits can be purchased from all local bike shops for $10 and are valid for two weeks, annual permits are included with NMTBC membership)
Running the length of the valley there are easy fire road climbs that link several fantastic downhill trails. From the top, at around 600 metres, there is a continuous single track route that runs for over 11km incorporating R&R, Wiggles, Waggles, Waterloo, What the DoCtor ordered, and Willow Lane back to the forest entrance. The trails get gradually easier as you move down the hill, with R&R being grade 4+ and finishing with the grade 2 Willow Lane.
Off the main route are two of Nelson's finest technical trails - SuppleJack and Rimu, which link back onto the main trail network. Also in the area is Ching's Highway, a downhill grade 3 that drops 400m.
There are also three downhill specific trails in this area, Maitai Face, Kaka and Broken Axe. All are grade 5.
For more information on each trail follow the links below: