MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS


Glenorchy Township Circuit (1 hour) -
Grade: Easy

Start/Finish: There are many entry and exit points throughout the township
Description: A great cycle track for the family, with views to Mt Earnslaw / Pikirakatahi, Mt Alfred / Ari and the surrounding ranges.
Hazards: Beware when crossing roads
Special: No bikes allowed on the Glenorchy Lagoon section of the track

Other Destinations in the Glenorchy Area -
Grades: Easy - Intermediate

Description: You are also able to use the many public roads (sealed / gravel) in the Glenorchy / Head of the Lake area, including Rees Valley, Paradise / Chinamans, Routeburn and Kinloch / Greenstone. Also the Bucklerburn Peninsula road.
Hazards: Care is required travelling on these roads - see general hazards below. There are long sections of gravel road, numerous river crossings and also narrow sections of road through the forest - with poor visibility.

Judah Track (1 - 1.5 hours one way / 2 - 3 hours return)
Grade: Intermediate

Start / Finish: Whakaari Conservation Area car park (3km south of Glenorchy)
Destination: Glenorchy Scheelite Battery (20 minutes up)
State Mine (30 minutes up)
Jean Hut (1 hour up)
Description: From the car park on the Queenstown - Glenorchy Road, a climb leads up onto the old Mt Judah road, which sidles around the northern side of Mt Judah. The track passes the remains of the Glenorchy Scheelite Battery and the State Mine, last operated in the 1960's. Continue on the road, past The Junction, crossing the Bonnie Jean creek to the historic Jean hut (day use only).

Heather Jock Track (1.5 - 2.5 hours one way / 3 - 4 hours return from carpark)
Grade: Intermediate

Start / Finish: Whakaari Conservation Area car park (3 km south of Glenorchy)
Description: From the Jean hut (one hour from the car park), a marked track follows an old mining road up a zig-zag (30 minutes) to the Heather Jock hut (3 bunks) 1 - 1.5 hours. From there the track sidles down and across to the Bonnie Jean hut (day use only), before dropping steeply down a more difficult section of track, across the Bonnie Jean stream and back to the car park via the Judah track.

Mt McIntosh Track (5 - 6 hours return either way)
Grade: Advanced / Expert

Start / Finish: Whakaari Conservation Area car park (3 km south of Glenorchy)
Description: From the The Junction follow the marked track which drops steeply down to the Buckler Burn. A steady climb on an old mining road leads to the McIntyre hut (3 bunks). Further on is McIntosh hut (4 bunks) (2-3 hrs from carpark) on the flanks of Mt McIntosh, a short climb beyond Long Gully Saddle, then a steep climb leads along a ridge giving supurb views of Lake Wakatipu, Mt Earnslaw / Pikirakatahi, and the Dart valley. The descent from here back to the Glenorchy road is not recommended for mountain bikes as it is steep and unformed. It is recommended to return via the Judah track.
Hazards: River crossing experience is essential (Buckler Burn)

SPECIAL NOTE - MOUNTAIN BIKING IS NOT ALLOWED ON ANY TRACKS IN THE MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK OR THE GREENSTONE / CAPLES AREA



GLENORCHY BIKE RIDERS CARE CODE

THe Mountain Bikers Code


PLAN Choose the trail that matches your skill and fitness level. If going back country, don't ride alone and let someone know where you are going.

PREPARE Weather: Plan your trips well and be prepared for all conditions
Equipment: Take a first aid kit, bike tools and extra warm clothing
Visual: Wear hazard vests/bright clothing
Always wear a helmet and the appropriate safety equipment

ON THE TRAIL & NEGOTIATING COUNTRY ROADS
Walkers/Horses: Give priority to walkers and horses - be considerate. Pass with care
Stock: Avoid disturbing farm stock and always leave gates as you find them
Private Property: Do not cross private property unless permission is received
Share the road - do not ride more than one abreast - don't create a traffic hazard

And most importantly - have fun!

MOUNTAIN BIKE HIRE

Glenorchy Hotel & Backpackers

Glenorchy NZ Information Centre and General Store (located at the Glenorchy Hotel)

Mountain Bikes for Hire

Rental: $10/hour or a special whole day rate $50
Inquire about our multi-day rental rates. Complimentary vehicle and luggage storage.
We can organise your transport to/from Glenorchy

Mull Street, Glenorchy
Phone: (03) 409 2049
Web: www.glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz
Email: info@glenorchyinfocentre.co.nz
"The place in Glenorchy for track, weather and activity information"



Glenorchy Information Centre, at the Glenorchy Hotel & Backpackers

Inquire about accommodation and dinner packages available for groups.

Packed lunches also available. Hot showers, towel hire and facilties.

Mull Street, Glenorchy
Phone: (03) 442 9902
Web: www.glenorchynz.com
Email: hotel@glenorchynz.com
"A taste of classic country hospitality on the way to Paradise"


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