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Blacks Point/Murray Creek Tracks: Strait to the point of Gold

Regional Ride

West Coast, South Island

Get strait to the point…of mountain biking gold. Blacks Point has the finest riding. Follow the wide open trail up Murray Creek then choose from the vast catalogue of historic mining trails. With names like Energetic, Wealth of Nations, Ajax, Golden Fleece it will be a memorable ride.

These rides can be started from Reefton. But do make time for the amazing Blacks Point Museum or time your arrival for the locals, fully operational "Ride, museum, ride." Don’t forget a coffee back in Reefton.

Murray's Track

Return trip climbing up historic road to Waitahu Saddle. The open, easy flowing trail continues all the way to the Inglewood Junction and even to the Inglewood Mine. Return back the same way. See Ajax Track or the 'Devil’s tail' for further options.

Ajax Track: The Machine Track

Start up the Murray Creek Track then loop around past the historic Ajax Mine and Stamper Battery. The track is mostly well-benched single track (intermediate grade) with a few steeper sections. The last 2km to the car park is steep and technical downhill. Make some extra time to reconnect with history by exploring the infamous mining sites along the way – these include Chandlers, Inglewood and Ajax/Golden Fleece.

Murray Creek to Waitahu Valley: The Devil's Tail

The track climbs up a historic road to the Waitahu Junction then drops down a benched single track ending with technical, devilish, descent down to the Clematis suspension bridge. Ride back to Reefton via Gannons Rd and the Reefton Highway or if you still have some energy to burn head up the valley to Montgomerie Hut. Best time to see the stunning and aromatic white Clematis flower is September/October. Watch out for wasps during summer.

Lankey Creek Tram Track

Start up Murray Creek Track then turn off towards the Energetic Gold Mine site. The track follows an old tram track for most of the way. However, there are sections of steps and a steep, technical downhill to the Lankey Creek car park.

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