mt. bike track
 
 

The Mountain Biking track covers approx.60 kilometres, over 3 or 4 days/nights and is suitable for experienced mountain bikers.  It is genuine high country riding on well-marked 4WD farm tracks and takes you through untouched native tussock and alpine terrain of the Four Peaks mountain range, in the South Island of NZ.  There are some steeper sections with rough, uneven terrain in some places along the Track where you will need to push your bike.  These sections need particular care with sound bike braking systems for the down-hill.   The rewards are worth it!


You will stay in authentic shepherds’ huts that have been restored and upgraded for your comfort!  A maximum of 10 riders (and a minimum of 3 per group) can be accommodated and bike the Track on any one day. Your beds are guaranteed.


Your Packs are transported to the huts for you, but you need to bring a small day back-pack for food, wet weather gear and water to drink.

To ride this Track you must have previous MTB experience (competence at changing tyres etc.), you must carry any necessary spare tools/parts with you, and a good level of fitness is essential.




 
mountain biking track
 “The ride was unlike anything we have experienced before for a couple of townie 
bikers like ourselves. The experience will stay with us for a very long time. The ride offered an amazing challenge and left us with an awesome sense of achievement. 
Thanks for that opportunity”.                                      
                   ..... Vicki Welsh  CHRISTCHURCH, NZ


Your Itinerary ...


You will check in between 6.00 - 8:00pm  Four Peaks Station at 126 Clayton Settlement Road, Fairlie.   Your 1st night’s accommodation is here in the Station Huts.  This is where you will leave your vehicle and begin and end your biking trip.  There will be a safety 'briefing' about the MTB Track before you begin.


Next morning your 1st day's ride is a distance of 23 kms (5-7 hours)

over Doughboy Saddle and through to Pleasant Gully Hut, for night 2.


Your 2nd day's ride is a distance of approx.15 kms (5-7 hours)

over Fiery Pass and down to Sutherland’s Hut, for night 3.


Your 3rd day's ride is a distance of approx.22 kms (5-7 hours) over Jumpover Saddle and completing the circuit back to the start at Four Peaks Station.  This completes the ride in 3 days and 3 nights.


Bikers are able to do the ride in 4 days/ 4 nights for a more leisurely and enjoyable trip staying in 4 musterer’s huts.  The 3rd day’s ride is approx. 10 kms, and along the way you are able to rest your bike and have a 2 hour walk up Devil’s Peak for that panoramic view of the countryside, before biking down to Devils Creek Hut for your last night.

The 4th day’s ride is 12 kms, completing the circuit back to the start at Four Peaks Station.



What you need to bring on your ride ...


A standard trampers backpack for your food, sleeping bag

and spare clothes, this will be transported to the huts for you.


A comfortable small day-pack to carry your lunch, water, bike

repair kit & spare tyre, wet weather gear and camera!


Sensible worn-in biking shoes; water proof jacket; woollen hat; sun hat. The weather can change rapidly in the high country, so it is important to have warm clothes. There are several small creeks to cross so you will get wet feet and wheels. Bring at least one change of clothes. Drying facilities at the huts include open fire/ fireboxes and drying racks.


It is important to carry a water bottle or backpack hydration system, and drink regularly whilst riding to avoid dehydration. The streams you cross have pristine water (guaranteed by musterers over the years!) where you can fill up your bottles. There is clean drinking water at each hut. Regular water testing is not carried out, however if you are concerned you can boil the water for at least 3 minutes first.


A good quality sleeping bag - comfortable beds, pillows and clean pillow-slips, are provided.


Personal equipment such as toilet gear (including insect repellent, sun block, basic first aid kit

for blisters and other minor ailments); torch; sunglasses; camera; towel.


You need to have a reasonable to good level of fitness as the track takes

in a variety of grades from easy terrain to uneven ground, steep up-hill

and down-hill sections, tussock grassy vegetation cover, to shale and stones.


Spare bike parts including tubes, tyres and the tools to use them.


Sufficient food for the 4 days with plenty of nutritional snacks for during the ride. The huts are fully equipped with cooking utensils and gas burners.


Your sense of adventure and appreciation for our country’s wonderful outdoor environment.

Please take care not to litter, and take all rubbish and wrappings with you to the huts where they can be disposed of.



Pack Transport ...


Pack transport is included in the mountain bike price.  A ‘pack’ is a standard tramper’s back-pack.

Groups of 4 or more are welcome to bring one chilly-bin (esky) for food, at no extra cost.

Any extra chilly-bins or bags will incur a charge of $10 per item.


Make an enquiry today!  It’s a truly challenging and satisfying trip!

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