Wakamarina

Name

Wakamarina

Location

Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

Overview

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.

Grade

Advanced

Access

Bike and Foot (Logging access road is closed to vehicles during weekdays.)

Description

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.

hut

DOC Fosters Hut

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
Two options:
A fun trip to the tops and back, or the full hardcore crossing of the Richmond Range from Onamalutu to Canvastown.

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Getting there

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.

Other notes

The route on the map below starts at the end of Onamalutu Rd.

Length

25.83km

Conditions

Single track

Altitude

gain1812m loss1865m begin170m end110m

Last modified

21 Apr 2010 by KeeweeChris

Created by

KeeweeChris

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