The Gorge Mountain Pike Park - World class trails!
The Gorge MTB Park Nelson NZ
The Gorge MTB Park - World class trails!
The Gorge MTB Park - World class trails!

The Gorge MTB Park, Nelson - 70km of NZ's top trails!

“Everything about the Gorge was top notch!! The staff, tracks, huts, and transport were so bloody good!” Matt 

Situated just south of Nelson, deep in the Wairoa Valley, ‘The Gorge’ is home to over 70km of world class hand-built single track. Trails start at grade 3 and go all the way to grade 6. You will get almost 1000m descending on every top to bottom run! Check out the most ‘backcountry’ feeling bike park in NZ.

The Gorge is operated by the Nelson Mountain Bike Club (NMTBC) for the benefit of our members and guests. To maximise your Nelson riding experience and gain member discounts, please become a member. NMTBC manage and maintain the trails and accommodation with a small crew and a large number of  club volunteers. Check out the current projects and how you can help.

Who can ride at The Wairoa Gorge?

Most intermediate mountain bikers can find lots to enjoy at The Gorge. Yes, in the early days most of the trails in the bike park were pretty difficult, but we’ve been working hard to build trails more suited to the average rider. Our trail builders have also made sure tracks are true-to-grade. You shouldn’t get any nasty surprises at The Gorge.

These days the breakdown of our mountain bike trails is roughly:

21% Grade 3 Trailforks Intermediate Icon - The Gorge

52% Grade 4 Trailforks Advanced Icon - The Wairoa Gorge

23% Grade 5 Trailforks Expert icon - Wairoa Gorge

4% Grade 6  Trailforks Extreme Icon - Wairoa Gorge Bike Park

We have a wide variety of trail styles from smooth, bermed and flowing to steep, rocky and loose. Keep in mind that most of The Gorge is hand built, so many of the trails are narrower than you might find at other bike parks.

To make things easy we also have 13 routes that link up trails of similar grades from the top of the park to the bottom. On average, including uplift, routes takes about a hour to complete.

Find out more about our mountain bike trails and routes.



We have lots of exciting new options and specials coming up over the next few months. Check out our Events and Specials page to find out more!