Trail Grades

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. Remember your safety is your responsibility.

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.