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.


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Maitai Walkway

Ride Length
7 km
Riding Time
30-60 minutes
3: Intermediate

This picturesque trail follows the left bank of the Maitai River from the centre of Nelson up the Maitai Valley towards the Coppermine Trail and Mangatapu Track.

The trail starts off paved, wide and suitable for all levels of riders. Past Nile Street the turns to gravel and narrows at points. Beginner riders or road cyclists can turn left at Nile Street to ride up the Maitai Valley Road.

Maitai Valley is a popular recreational area featuring picnic spots, swimming holes, playing fields, dog exercise areas, a golf course, and camping ground. Please respect other trail users and control your speed.

Cyclists riding the Coppermine Trail or Mangatapu Track can use the Maitai Walkway to ride to the Nelson CBD.