Trail Grades and Safety

Our trails have been graded according to the trail grade standards set out by NZ Cycle Trails. You can read them here.

We recommend riders are fit and well prepared and we encourage you to know your limits and choose a trail that's suitable for all the riders in your group. Also be aware that there are areas on the trails where there is no cellphone reception. You may want to carry a Personal Locator Beacon in these areas. Check network coverage here.

We recommend you check the weather before starting the trail. Check it here.


Golden Downs Trail

Ride Length
59 km
Riding Time
3-5 Hours
3: Intermediate

The Golden Downs Trail links Tasman's Great Taste Trail with Nelson Lakes National Park.

It follows picturesque country roads over two saddles and requires an intermediate level of fitness and road touring experience.

A guide can be found here on the NZ Cycle Trail website.

The Golden Downs Trail can be used to link to The Rainbow Trail which takes cycles all the way to the alpine resort village of Hanmer Springs in North Canterbury.