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The Queenstown MTB Club just sent out a newsletter that had this little nugget of info nestled halfway down with regards to bikes on the Kepler track!
“We received some fantastic news from Andy Mcdonald the other week. Andy lives in Te Anau where there is currently not much legal singletrack to ride but there are hundreds of km’s of prime beech forest singletrack… to walk… including the epic Kelper Track which is a 60km loop from the shores of Lake Te Anau through beech forest and over spectacular alpine passes.

Apparently most of the Kepler Track would make a superb ride but some sections across the tops and one stair section would be unridable. Andy has been working with the local DoC and the idea of a new trail connecting the start and finish of the Kepler to make a 30km beech forest singetrack loop was born. DoC are into it, however the only problem is that it is in National Park meaning no mountain bikes….

DoC are keen to get the plan changed but they need to know that the MTB community are behind it to get it moving on a little quicker.

How you can help?

Show that you support the opportunity to have real mountain biking in the Fiordland National Park. Either by:
Commenting on this article saying why it would be great.
Email Andy at andyinnz@gmail.com with a letter of support.
Spread the word!
All of the above!

Click here to see the DoC brochure for walking the whole track

Map of proposed trail. Blue is current track, red is proposed track

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  1. This is an outstanding idea. It may be within the National Park but the chosen route could be constructed with minimal impact on the environment. i woudl certainly make the trip from Christchurch.

  2. Wow! This would be awesome if it was able to opened up to bikes. Beech forest riding is absolutely fantastic and I would definitely ride this track.

  3. I think would make life easier if the definition of a vehicle “according to the plan” was changed to not include Mountain Bikes. Then trails could be opened up as required without a mountain of red tape every time. It seems that DOC is more and more supportive of Mountain Biking as a whole but they also have to follow the rules as they are set.
    With regards to this trail it would be a huge asset to the Te Anau community and bring bike tourism from all over. The recent study in Rotorua highlights the value of Mountain Bike Tourism to a community that has the foresight to build a trail worth travelling for.

  4. Great idea. Would love to walk, run or ride that route. Have seen examples overseas and in NZ where shared trails work fine for all users, attract tourists and give the locals some more options for recreation. Make it happen!

  5. Wow, bring it on! I haven’t been to Te Anau in 15 years but would be there in a shot when that trail opens. Have recently ridden Moerangi track in Whirinaki forest in Nth Island – walkers and bikers co-existing just fine. I think the relative ‘remoteness’ of locations like this, and the need for hut accommodation, means that the amount of traffic – both foot and bike – can be managed well.

  6. It would be amazing to see a track opened to mountainbikers in our national parks! It would be great to see if it worked for this track and then develop more if it works out. I live in Canada and I would make the trip out to ride in that part of the world!

  7. Finally!!! I live in Glenorchy and it is so painful that i can’t ride the walking tracks on my doorstep! Te Anau is a good start, hopefully i can ride there up the Greenstone and through to Mavora one day. Will def drive their for a start though! Hope it doesnt take years to change one piece of paper that makes no sense….

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