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Dun Mountain Trail

OverviewTrail Status: Open

Brook St Entrance — Maitai Entrance (4-6 hours, 38km)

This exciting one-day mountain trail from Nelson climbs to a height of 878m on Dun Mountain along New Zealand’s first railway line before descending back down to Nelson.

The Dun Mountain rises to 1129m and due to its unique geology, is one of the most distinctive mountains around Nelson.

Early sections give glimpses of the Waimea Plains to the south and west. More extensive views extend back across Nelson and beyond to Tasman Bay and Abel Tasman National Park.

Third House is a good place to pause for a break and is an opportunity to listen to bellbirds or be entertained by ever inquisitive weka.

The trail’s emergence onto the mountain tops near Windy Point and Coppermine Saddle offers stunning views of Tasman Bay, followed by one of New Zealand’s longest mountain bike downhills.

Although the ride time may only take 4-6 hours, it is recommended you allow a full day to enjoy this unique environment.

One of the most accessible back-country alpine cycle trails in the country, it requires a good fitness level and all riders should be competent mountain bikers.

Nelson’s Art and Craft

Arts and Crafts are celebrated in Nelson and add to the city’s creative character and energy. There are frequent exhibitions of original artwork, and galleries and workshops to visit.

Succulent Seafood

Nelson is known for its locally grown ingredients, fine wines and craft beers, and is famous for its seafood. Sample the local delights and be sure to try the catch of the day, fresh off the boat.

Codgers Trails

Part of the first section of the Dun Mountain Trail, this bike park has a variety of tracks ranging from wide, flat beginner tracks to extreme downhill trails for the experts.

Be Prepared

You will be a long way from assistance, and mobile phone reception is patchy, so please ensure you have sufficient food, drink, spare tubes and wet-weather gear to handle any problems you might encounter.

MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE: Mobile phone coverage is patchy along the trail.

DRINKING WATER: Ensure you take enough drinking water (and food) to last you the entire trail.

NOTE: Check the Dun Mountain Trail website for any damage or closures before you go.

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