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Big River - Waiuta Historic Township

Regional Ride

West Coast, South Island

This is a technical benched single track that continues on from the end of the Big River 4WD track. Expect to see a challenging range of surfaces from mud and corduroy to mixed flowing sections and smooth, gentle downhill. Continue traversing through beautiful beech forest before reaching the gravel road that leads to the historic town of Waiuta. A short, warm-down, circuit of the township will give you a sense of what life was like for the 600 strong population in its glory days, before it was deserted in the 1950’s. It would be a good idea to get someone to pick you up in Waiuta and drive you back to Reefton.