The ride needs to be doable for you and any riders you are biking with.
The Coppermine is approximately, a 38km loop and is one of the best day rides in New Zealand. It is a remote alpine track that offers stunning views of Tasman Bay and surrounds. For the average rider, 4 to 6 hours is needed to complete the loop.
Classed as a technical Grade 4 track because of the 10km downhill section. It is best suited to fit, experienced single track riders and we strongly recommend riding in a group. If you don’t feel your riding has reached a grade 4 level you can climb to the top (Third House) and return the same way. This climbing track offers a steady wide downhill ride.
The biking surface varies from compacted dirt, gravel and rocks as you climb through a native beech forest up into rocky alpine tussock. The downhill section involves a lot of switchbacks then opens up to flow along side the river – stunning!
The trail is best suited to riding a full suspension or hard tail mountain bike. For enjoyment a good gear range is needed for the climb. This day ride is a favourite with Electric Mountain Bike riders. You will need some way to carry extra gear. A 10-20L day pack, large frame bag or a rear carrier suitable for attachment to a mountain bike are ideal. See the following links for what we think are best matched to your carrying needs – Womens Hydration BackPack. The Rear Lightweight Carrier (compatible with full suspension mountain bikes).
Please be aware that The Coppermine is a dual use track. Day walkers and trampers will be on the trail so watch your speed and be in control, especially on the downhill section.