Mountain biking in Karamea
With glorious local rides, 2 sections of the Old Ghost Road open and the Heaphy Track on its doorstep Karamea is fast becoming a mecca for keen mountain bikers.
The Old Ghost Road
The full track is planned for completion in 2015, but right now 2 sections are open to the experienced mountain biker. When completed it will be an 85km single track adventure that goes through the most amazing New Zealand terrain. This long-forgotten gold miners' road is being revived as a mountain biking trail for the solid rider. It will eventually connect the old dray road in the Lyell (Upper Buller Gorge) to the mighty Mokihinui River in the North and be a journey through NZ's fascinating history passing through 5 sites that were founded by pioneers and are now 'ghost towns'.
The two sections that are open now are:
Lyell to beyond Ghost Lake Hut: 33 km of trail (66 km return).
Mountain bikers should note that there is a narrow section of trail 800m long along the alpine section beneath Rocky Tor where cyclists will need to dismount and push or carry their cycles and that the section of trail beyond Ghost Lake involves a prolonged steep descent (and therefore steep ascent back to the hut).
Seddonville trail head (Welcome Bay) to Goat Creek: approximately 28 km of trail (56 km return).
Visit Old Ghost Road site
The Heaphy Track
The Heaphy Track is the only multi-day ride through a National Park in New Zealand. The Heaphy Track is known as one of New Zealand’s 'Great Walks' (and thanks to the Department of Conservation) is now a Great Ride. Mountain Bikers are allowed on the Heaphy Track between May 1 and September 30.
This iconic ride is through some of the best scenery in New Zealand. The huts are of a higher standard than other tracks. Most have gas cooking facilities, fresh water, bunk beds with mattresses, wood burners, toilets etc.
The Track is 80-kilometres through the Kahurangi National Park. It traverses dense beech forests, expansive tussock plains and boulder outcrops of the Gouland Downs, takes in the limestone cliffs along the Heaphy River and through the nikau palm groves and white sandy beaches along the West Coast to Karamea.
This is a ride that every self respecting Mountain Biker should do.
Mountain Biking the Heaphy
Mountain Bikes are available for hire from Karamea Outdoor Adventures at Market Cross (just a short walk from the Last Resort). Call Sylvia Raikes on 03 782 6181, or at the Shop on 03 782 6161 for more information on what's available on 2 wheels.