Mt. Arthur Tablelands Circuit Bike Track

Mt. Arthur Tablelands Circuit Bike Track

The Tablelands Circuit is a great area to cycle if you are looking for something a little less strenuous, but still packing in the great scenery. The area also has distinct flora to admire, especially during the alpine flowering season in summer.

Mt. Arthur Tablelands Circuit

Just by starting at the Flora Saddle you have already climbed 950m in the van. For anyone looking for a bit more of a challenge, there are plenty of opportunities offered in the form of summit tracks, basin tracks, and ridge walks. Mt. Arthur Tablelands Circuit also hooks up with many other tracks in the area, giving trampers and bikers the chance to combine any number of journeys they wish.

Total Distance: 53 km
Approximate Time: 2 days loop

There are four DOC huts along the main track, as well as several rock shelters. Along the numerous side-tracks you will find more huts to accommodate any itinerary you choose. Some highlights are listed below.

Transport Nelson to Flora Saddle
Approximate time: 1 hr 20 min with Bike Track

The Flora Saddle to Barron Flat mountain biking track is a one day backcountry ride that traverses through a variety of landscapes and terrains. It follows a historic pack track, connecting the Flora carpark (Graham Valley Road end, Motueka River valley) with Barron Flat (Upper Takaka, Golden Bay). The full trip offers a challenging ride in a backcountry environment for riders of intermediate skill level (Grade 3), with a mixture of technical, single track and cross country riding experiences. (The track is mostly downhill and so less difficult if you start at the Flora Saddle end).

Flora Saddle Hut to Mt Arthur

Flora Carpark to Upper Junction (8.7 km)

On a fine day, an easy (Grade 2) ride on a fairly flat, generally well formed, wide 4WD benched track, suitable for families and less experienced riders. Although muddy in some sections, it is generally either gravelled or a hard surface.

Upper Junction to Grecian Stream (6.2 km)

More suited to intermediate (Grade 3) and advanced (Grade 4) riders. It is technically challenging, on rough, remote terrain, and you may need to walk or carry your bike at various points. From Upper Junction to Lower Junction the ride starts as a benched walking track, which then reduces in width to a narrow single track and is of a lower standard from Lower Junction to Grecian Stream. Some parts of this track are boggy or prone to erosion and there are several stream crossing and scree slopes

Grecian Stream to Barron Flat (8.5 km)

A former stock route/bridle path, with a gentle gradient and terrain (intermediate, Grade 3).

Barron Flat to Cobb Valley Road (13.4 km)

(Outside the national park) - a 4WD track on various land tenures, including conservation land, private land and formed legal road (easy, Grade 2). An easement agreement across private land provides access for mountain bikes to Cobb Valley Road.

 

 

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