The Dun Mountain Trail

The Dun Mountain trail is based on the line of New Zealand’s first railway used to transport minerals from the eastern slopes of the Wooded Peak. Today this historic railway provides a steady gradient to its terminus near Coppermine Saddle. The trail then descends to the Maitai Dam and follows the Nelson City water supply pipeline to the lower Maitai Valley.

The 38 km Dun Mountain Trail, is a circuit that loops between Brook Valley and the Maitai Valley and is suitable for bikers and walkers. The Dun Mountain rises to 1129m and is one of the most distinctive mountains around Nelson -due to its unique geology.

The newly upgraded trail was officially opened on 12 November -2011. It is the third great ride to be completed under Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail. 


Take warm clothing, food and water.

The Trail is suitable for most intermediate riders with a decent level of fitness required. Although the ride time may only take 4 -6 hours allow the day to enjoy this unique environment.