Spoke Magazine

The West Coast wants you! (to go helibiking)

Posted by Caleb Smith on Thursday June 21 2012

Whenever helibiking in New Zealand comes up in conversation, I’m usually quick to point out that Nelson and the West Coast are really the best places to ride. The singletrack always starts right outside the chopper door and nine times out of ten it goes all the way to pretty much sea level. It seems that the Westland MTB club and DOC want to push helibiking on tracks like the Croesus and have put together this little vid to showcase it. It’s worth noting that there’s an alternative descent from Ces Clark Hut that runs down to the coastline and Barrytown. It’s technical and only suited to advanced riders but well worth it (just don’t try it in the wet). The main Croesus track is still a blast though; it’s way faster than the video shows and is great mix of technical and high speed classic miners benched singletrack.

Mark Weir on the Croesus a few years back. Photo Caleb Smith

If you think taking a chopper is too expensive, think again. If you have four or more riders you can usually get an uplift for around $80 per person. And if you hate helicopters and want to ride up, well you can. Kirwans and the Croesus can both be ridden up comfortably.

Laurence Mote taking the high line at the track's end. Photo Caleb Smith

With the Heaphy getting a shit-tonne of attention, the Old Ghost Rd about to open and tracks like Kirwans and the Croesus, it’s solidifying the fact that the West Coast is pretty much the home of epic backcountry singletrack. Oh, and unlike the Heaphy, these other tracks are open to mountain bikers all year round!

The Westland MTB Club have this to say about the Croesus

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.sullivan.3979 Gary Sullivan

    Lets go.

  • mark

    hell yeah

  • tjalve

    The coast is a great place to ride, the Denniston plateau and the Mackley are other cool places to check out if your over here!

  • Clint

    The coast has some of the best riding anywhere full stop! Epic back country single track full of great technical riding – we’re coming back for another trip in March from Tassie- Australia! oh yea, and the west coast riders are great people too!

  • Mark

    Just booked flights for seven people in late September on the strength of this vid… 5 day weekend, heaphy, croesus and the best that nelson has to offer. Cheers Spoke!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffjodun Jeff Duncan

    WoW Gr8 Vid