Reefton mountain bike tracks – Local Reefton Tracks

Bottled Lightning Powerhouse Loop Mountain Bike Track

This takes you past the site of the powerhouse that allowed Reefton to be the first town with electric lights in 1888.  It is a lovely circuit  beside the Inangahua River.

Grade: 2 Easy
Length: 20min/6km loop
Start point: Reefton Visitor Centre

Starting on Broadway, ride up the road towards Blacks Point for 800m until you see the swing bridge crossing over Inangahua River. Cross over the river and follow the walking track downstream on the other side. Be sure to check out the remains of the old power house that allowed Reefton to have the first electric lights in NZ (and the southern hemisphere). Cross back over on the road bridge and turn right onto Broadway to complete the loop. This track can be ridden in the opposite direction. Be aware of other track users.


Reefton Walkway Mountain Bike Track

Grade: 2 Easy
Length: 15min/1.5km
Start point: Reefton Visitor Centre

To get there:
Head to the yellow Reefton Walkway sign which is east along Broadway by Donovan Street.

The ride:
Head along Broadway towards Blacks Point. Just on the edge of town you will see the Reefton Walkway on your left. A steep short ascent will take you up onto a wide, level track. There is an excellent view of the Reefton Township and surrounding area. Continue along to where the track widens and becomes road. You can either head down this free flowing section out to Dunn Street or keep following the main track through taller trees and come out at Munson Street. Both exits lead onto Bridge Street and back to Broadway. This track can be biked in either direction. Be aware of other users.


Reefton Lookout: Zig-Zag Mountain Bike Track

Undulating forestry road with steep easy flowing sections. Can be ridden in opposite direction.

Grade: 3 Intermediate
Time/Length: 40min-1hr/8km
Start point: Reefton visitors centre

To get there:
Make your way to the Lookout Track 650m along on the left hand side of Soldiers Road. This is on the left 1km south of Reefton along SH7.

The ride:
Head up the gradually climbing forestry road until you reach the lookout and humming cell phone tower. Enjoy a break with stunning views of Reefton and the surrounding ranges. http://quartzopolis.co.nz/mountainbiking-reeftonlocaltracks/ Continue following the main forestry road around the hill. You know you are on the right track when you arrive at a junction and see the yellow Zig Zag sign directing you towards a sweet flowing downhill to Rosstown Road.

Golden Tips:
Allow enough time to get side-tracked and enjoy the route-finding should you become disorientated.