Fact Sheet 188
Flora Saddle to Barron Flat
mountain bike trial
Kahurangi National Park
Mountain bike trial The ride
Mountain biking is now being trialled for three years Flora Carpark to Upper Junction (8.7 km)
(till the end of 2013) in Kahurangi National Park on
the Flora Saddle to Barron Flat mountain biking On a fine day, an easy (Grade 2) ride on a fairly flat,
track, as shown on the map below. generally well formed, wide 4WD benched track,
suitable for families and less experienced riders.
Although muddy in some sections, it is generally
Mostly flat with some
Track grade either gravelled or a hard surface.
gentle climbs on
The Flora Saddle to Barron Flat mountain biking Upper Junction to Grecian Stream (6.2 km)
smooth track with
track is a one day backcountry ride that traverses
through a variety of landscapes and terrains. It More suited to intermediate (Grade 3) and advanced
obstacles such as (Grade 4) riders. It is technically challenging, on
rocks and potholes. follows a historic pack track, connecting the Flora
carpark (Graham Valley Road end, Motueka River rough, remote terrain, and you may need to walk
valley) with Barron Flat (Upper Takaka, Golden Bay). or carry your bike at various points. From Upper
The full trip offers a challenging ride in a backcountry Junction to Lower Junction the ride starts as a
environment for riders of intermediate skill level benched walking track, which then reduces in width
(Grade 3), with a mixture of technical, single track to a narrow single track and is of a lower standard
and cross country riding experiences. (The track is from Lower Junction to Grecian Stream. Some parts
mostly downhill and so less difficult if you start at the of this track are boggy or prone to erosion and there
Flora Saddle end). are several stream crossing and scree slopes
Steep slopes and/or
possibly on narrow
track and/or with poor
traction. There may be
exposure at the tracks
A mixture of long,
steep climbs, narrow
track, poor traction
and difficult obstacles
to avoid or jump over.
Generally exposed at
the track outside edge.
Most riders will find
some sections easier
Department of Conservation
Grecian Stream to Barron Flat (8.5 km) Mountain Bikers Code
A former stock route/bridle path, with a gentle
gradient and terrain (intermediate, Grade 3).
• Stay in control. So you can safely avoid others
Barron Flat to Cobb Valley Road (13.4 km) and keep yourself intact. Make sure you can
(Outside the national park) - a 4WD track on various stop within the visible distance.
land tenures, including conservation land, private • Give way to walkers, runners, uphill riders and
land and formed legal road (easy, Grade 2). An horses. If the track is narrow, stop and move off
easement agreement across private land provides the track.
access for mountain bikes to Cobb Valley Road.
• Signal your approach and pass with care.
Walkers don’t like being surprised by bikers.
The rules Use a bell or a friendly greeting.
You can ride mountain bikes on the Flora Saddle to • Ride shared-use tracks in small groups. Large
Barron Flat track: groups of a dozen or so riders displace other
• all year round during the trial period (to the end users. 6–8, or less, is a better number.
of 2013); Respect the rules
• in both directions; • Ride only where permitted — including those
• in a group, provided there is no more than six trails that are seasonally closed to protect the
riders in the group; surface or minimise conflict with other users.
Land managers are generally pretty reasonable
• during the day only (from ½ an hour before so talk with them about issues or ideas you may
sunrise to ½ an hour after sunset), to protect have.
two threatened nocturnal species found on parts
of the track: the Powelliphanta snail and roa • Obtain permission from private land owners
(great spotted kiwi). before you set out.
For further information • Leave gates as you find them.
You are not permitted to take a mountain bike:
Further information can be
• into or out of the national park by helicopter; • Be prepared — take food, water, tools, First Aid
found on the Department of
Conservation’s website and warm clothes. Plan for the unexpected — a
www.doc.govt.nz or contact: • into any huts or shelters; change in the weather, an accident or getting
Department of Conservation • off the formed and designated route. lost and being late.
Motueka Area Office
Cnr King Edward & High Sts, Signs and other markers clearly identify where Respect the track
Motueka 7120 mountain bikes can be ridden and where they are • Don’t skid, cut corners or make new lines.
PO Box 97, Motueka 7143
Ph: (03) 528 1810 not allowed. Towards the Barron Flat end there are Skidding creates water channels that cause
Fax: (03) 528 1811 several side roads, access driveways and tracks erosion. Use both brakes to slow down without
leading off the main route out of the national park skidding as you approach a corner. Cutting
and off the legal road across private land. Please corners widens the trail and cuts up the terrain.
Department of Conservation stay on the marked route and respect the various
Golden Bay Area Office
land tenures, particularly private land. • Avoid riding in the mud and rain. Both bikes and
62 Commercial St, Takaka 7110
PO Box 166, Takaka 7142 walkers damage soft, wet tracks.
Ph: (03) 525 8026
At the Barron Flat end, please park your motorised
Fax: (03) 525 8444 vehicle at the end of the legal road located off Cobb • Take rubbish home — like banana skins, old
Email: goldenbayao@doc. Valley Road adjacent to the Waitui Stream, ~200m tubes and snack wrappers. Rubbish in the
from the Waitui and Cobb Valley Road junction (see outdoors detracts from everyone’s experience.
Department of Conservation the map for the exact location). There will be clear
Nelson Regional Visitor • Clean your bike to prevent spreading weeds —
on-site signage indicating vehicle parking areas.
Centre like gorse and didymo.
Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar St, Nelson 7010
Ph: (03) 546 9339 Please remember
Please remember that this mountain biking track is
being shared with walkers and trampers, and other
bikers who may be coming the other way. It should
be ridden in accordance with the “Mountain Bikers
If you have any comments to make about this
mountain biking trial you can email mbtrialsnm@
doc.govt.nz. Or you can contact the Department of