Northwest of Nelson in Abel Tasman National Park, the Gibbs Hill Mountain Bike Trail is a 10km one-way route from Totaranui to Wainui. A longer 23km loop can be formed when combined with unsealed forest roads.
This trail is open for a two year trial starting June 2009. The trail is only open to mountain biking from May through September.
Trailhead directions: The road-ends of Totaranui and Wainui are north-east of Takaka. Totaranui is 32km from Takaka by road. For the last 13 km the road is unsealed. Wainui is 21 km from Takaka. For the last 2km, the road is unsealed.
Loop: Wainui – Gibbs Hill – Totaranui – road back to Wainui 23 km - The circuit is easier to do in a clockwise direction to take advantage of the gentler uphill from Wainui to Gibbs Hill. From Wainui car park follow the Coast Track to the saddle and then turn right up the ridge towards Gibbs Hill. Near Gibbs Hill the track is very steep and most riders will need to walk. If you wish you can leave your bike and take a short walk to the summit. Continue south along the ridge and turn left towards Totaranui at the next intersection. Some sections of this track are steep and slippery in wet weather. It's 10 km of track from Wainui to Totaranui. From Totaranui use the road for the 13km return to Wainui.
Totaranui - Gibbs Hill return 9km - From the Totaranui camp office, follow the avenue road and then Abel Tasman Coast Track past the Ngarata Homestead north towards Anapai. At 1.4km just past the concrete bridge turn left at the start of the Gibbs Hill track. The track crosses a ford before a 3km long uphill section begins which has steep sections. At the ridge and next intersection, turn right to Gibbs Hill. From the saddle leave your bike and follow a narrow track to the summit a few minutes walk away. Great views. Return the same way.
Overall, Gibbs Hill Mountain Bike Trail is the 13th most popular mountain bike trail of all 41 mountain biking rides in New Zealand.