The 43km Dun Mountain Trail is one of New Zealand's Great Rides, and one of the most accessible back country alpine cycle trails in the country.
Starting from the Nelson suburbs the route winds its way through the Codgers Mountain Bike Park along the route of New Zealand’s first railway before emerging into the alpine mineral belt near the summit of Dun Mountain (878m). From the top you are faced with a technical single-track descent that drops for nearly 10km, emerging at the Maitai Dam. The last 11km of the ride follows the Maitai river into the heart of Nelson where you can relax with a beer, wine or cool glass of juice.
The Dun Mountain Trail requires a good fitness level and all riders should be competent mountain bikers. A full suspension bike is recommended. You will be a long way from assistance, and mobile phone reception is patchy, so please ensure you have sufficient food, drink, spare tubes and wet weather gear to handle any problems you might encounter.