Dun Mountain Trail
The 43km Dun Mountain Trail is a coppermine epic which will take riders from the Nelson suburbs along the route of New Zealand’s first railway (1862). The track winds through forest before crossing an alpine mineral belt and descending past the Maitai Dam down the Maitai River and back into Nelson.
Early sections give glimpses of the Waimea plains to the south and west. More extensive views can be enjoyed back across Nelson and beyond to Tasman Bay and Abel Tasman National Park. Third House is a good place to pause for a break and a chance to listen to bellbirds, or be entertained by ever-inquisitive wekas. The trail’s emergence onto the mountaintops near Windy Point and Coppermine Saddle offer stunning views of Tasman Bay. From Coppermine Saddle you can look down the South Fork of the Maitai and across towards the Maungatapu Track into Marlborough District.