Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
A great ride across the Richmond Range. Native forest, technical downhill, some serious altitude, a hut to stay the night... this one has it all.
Bike and Foot (Logging access road is closed to vehicles during weekdays.)
Bit of a slog up the gravel logging road, but once into the bush at 600m its nice singletrack through native forest up to Fosters Clearing and Fosters Hut at 1100m.
The track then wanders about up high for a bit, before heading straight down some fun steep tracks under lush forest canopy. A bit hard to navigate, so watch out for those orange markers.
End up on Wakamarina Rd, which take you down to Canvastown, which has a pub and not a lot else. Lots of good old goldmining history and relics in the area.
From Kennett Bros book:
p220, 4 stars!!
Grade 3 or 5-, 2 or 5 hrs, 20 or 35km
A fun trip to the tops and back, or the full hardcore crossing of the Richmond Range from Onamalutu to Canvastown.
Logging road (Kiwi Rd) starts at the end of Onamalutu Rd and continues up to a carpark at 600m elevation. During weekdays, the logging road is open to vehicles, so you can drive up to the carpark. Otherwise, do it properly and ride up from the bottom.
The route on the map below starts at the end of Onamalutu Rd.
1812m 1865m 170m 110m
21 Apr 2010 by KeeweeChris
Download GPS path: kml