6km one way
Easy/Intermediate (Grade 2/3)
The top of the trail is a super fun, flow trail that winds its way down the face of Coronet. You don’t need to be an expert mountain biker as it’s all very rollable and easy, with lots of spots to pull in and take a breather if you need to.
Once you get to the bottom of the flow trail, the single track begins. You might meet up with walkers at this stage as it is a dual use and a two-way trail from this point on. You’ll soon pass the start of Hot Rod, and if you fancy a bit more downhill turn off here. Otherwise, keep on pedaling…
Tussock lines either side of the trail as it bends up and down over several small streams. After a fair bit of rain these streams might look like rivers, so prepared to get wet feet….only if you fall in! On a hot day, these are a very welcome cool off, so you’ll be glad of them.
The trail continues to zigzag up and down, in and out, and passes through lovely beech forest, schist gorges, beautiful wild tussock meadows and the views get even more epic.
There are a couple of exposed areas, particularly on corners, so take extra care with kids and slow down as there isn’t much to stop you if you go over. With only a couple of small climbs and lots of fun descents, this is a great after work, or afternoon ride or walk to do solo, or with family.
One way the trail takes around 45 minutes, however if you’re like us and want to stop at every bend and turn to take in the view over the Wakatipu basin and the Remarkables, it might take a lot longer!
The trail ends at the junction of Bush Creek and the end of a steep trail heading down from Coronet. You’ll know it’s the end as the trail heads off down to Arrowtown and away from the view of Remarkables and is signposted in yellow. Take a well-earned breather here, and then make your way back the way you came.
If you’re making a day of it, you can carry on to Arrowtown via Bush Creek. This route down to Arrowtown takes about another hour or so, and requires a bit more skill (grade 3/4) on some of the crossings, so take care.
If you're coming back the way you came, a stop at Cargo in Arthurs Point for a chilled cold one in their garden is a must!