Rameka Track For Mountain Biking
The 21st most popular mountain bike trail in New Zealand.
Thursday 21 July 2016 06:07 GMT
Northwest of Nelson and southeast of Takaka, the Rameka Track route is rolling descent through brush-covered mountains with view of Golden Bay and surrounding logged out peaks. This one-way, shuttled route is located in the southwest corner of Abel Tasman National Park.
While there is some singletrack and wicked fast downhill stretches, the actual Rameka Track is only 8km long. Accessing the track requires a lengthy shuttle to the top of Takaka Hill, an 11km climb on gravel 4WD road, and then after the track, there is an 11km road mountain bike ride down back into Takaka.
To reach the starting point from Takaka, head south on SH60 for about 35km climbing up 700m to the top of Takaka Hill. Park roadside across from Caanan Road.
Start riding south on gravel 4WD Caanan Road climbing through arid scrub brush for 11km to the Harwood Hold Carpark picnic area. Continue riding south past gate on grassy 4WD road for about another 1km.
Turn left on signed Rameka Track. The track is generally marked with orange blazes. Ride down rolling singletrack for 8km through bush leftover from logging. You may need to walk a few o the steeper sections. It ends at Rameka Creek Road and you will need to descent this steep gravel 4WD road for 7.5km. Turn left on Glenview Road for 0.5km. Turn right on Center Takaka Road for 1.2km. Turn right heading north on SH60 for 2km into Takaka.
Overall, Rameka Track is the 21st most popular mountain bike trail of all 41 mountain biking rides in New Zealand. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby Rameka Track including Queen Charlotte Track, Kaiteriteri MTB Park, Gibbs Hill Mountain Bike Trail, Wakamarina Track, Waikakaho/Cullen Creek Walkway and Dun MountainNydia Track.