Golden Downs Trail
- Cycle Trails & Mountainbike Parks
The Golden Downs trail follows quiet country roads connecting the town of Wakefield on Tasman’s Great Taste Trail with the Nelson Lakes National Park. Effectively, this creates a continuous touring route between Nelson Lakes and Nelson City, but can also be linked up with The Rainbow Trail, enabling cyclists to reach the alpine resort of Hanmer Springs.
The trail takes riders through Norris Gully and Spooners Tunnel, the longest decommissioned railway tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere, before coasting down to the alpine village of St Arnaud. Some of the trail is on-road, so riders will need to take extra care, and an intermediate level of fitness is expected to navigate the two challenging grade 3 hill-climbs.
Upon arrival in St Arnaud, a dip in the glacial waters of Lake Rotoiti is recommended as a refreshing reward in the warmer months.
How to get there: The trail starts in Wakefield at the Village Green sign board.