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.


Maungatapu Track

Ride Length
36 km
Riding Time
3-6 hours
4: Advanced

The Mangatapu Track is an alternative cycle touring route into Nelson following a rough steep road over the Mangatapu Saddle - approximately 800m above sea level. 

Because of the track condition and gradient this route is only suitable for mountain bikes and sturdy off-road capable touring bikes with low gearing. 

It passes the historic site of the Mangatapu Murders, where 5 men were killed in 1866.

Here is a guide to riding the Mangatapu Track on the Cycle Tour New Zealand website.