Flora Saddle to Barron Flat mountain bike trial

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					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
 easily avoidable
                             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
avoidable obstacles,
possibly on narrow
track and/or with poor
traction. There may be
exposure at the tracks
outside edge.




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
to walk.




Published by
Department of Conservation
Nelson/Marlborough
December 2010
                                Grecian Stream to Barron Flat (8.5 km)                       Mountain Bikers Code
                                A former stock route/bridle path, with a gentle
                                                                                         Respect others
                                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
Email: motuekaao@doc.
                                leading off the main route out of the national park          skidding as you approach a corner. Cutting
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                                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
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                                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
Email: nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
                                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
                                Code”.


                                    Comments
                                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
                                Conservation directly.

				
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