Mountain biking Franz Josef – The Faultline Track

When visiting our friends in Franz Josef it is hard to go past a quick blat on the local mountain bike track – Faultline.

Faultline mtb track

This is a blast of a trail – ducking and diving, swooping and swaying.

Franz Josef faultline mtb track

Starting with a gentle gradient up through Franz Alpine Resort subdivision just north of the glacier village to skirt the top of the trail. Head down, pedal, pedal the top is near – let the fun begin.

jurassic park mtb track franz josef

Straight into the forest – dense NZ native rain forest with towering Rimu and Rata trees, ferns galore and all those good things that cling to our forests making them resemble something out of Jurassic Park.

onto bridge faultline mtb track  franz josef

This is a short trail but she packs a real punch – fast and flowing with trees to duck around and under, little bridges to negotiate and for the brave amongst us, a couple of structures to test you on.

Stephen on ribcage faultline mtb track frans Josef

ribcage faultline mtb track

Stephen flies over these with ease – me, well I haven’t quite plucked the courage to give them a go just yet.  It is silly as they’re not really that hard – I’ve biked worse, but I get to the top and perhaps if I just went for it instead of looking I’d be ok but given that the downward slope is slightly askew I chicken out each time – one day though, one day……

silly faces ribcage faultline mtb track franz josef

Just to prove a point Stephen makes faces at me as he comes down – cheeky!

in the bush franz Josef mountain biking

A few more swoops and we’re at the bottom ready for another lap – three laps in all for this ride and then it is time to head back to our friends to refuel the legs – nicely satiated after a ride amongst the dinosaurs.

Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth.  They enjoy getting out and about exploring the West Coast and the many things it has to offer which is part of the reason it was named one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit by Lonely Planet.




About coastingnz

Jan and Stephen live on the Punakaiki coastline, north of Greymouth on the West Coast, NZ and run Breakers Boutique Accommodation. They both enjoy the outdoors and are passionate about things to see and do on the West Coast and would like to share their experiences with you.
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2 Responses to Mountain biking Franz Josef – The Faultline Track

  1. Pam says:

    When I saw the 4th photo, I immediately thought of Jurassic Park. I can clearly see two legs and a long neck and no, it’s too early in the day for a wine….I really did see it!

    • coastingnz says:

      ha-ha – love the wine comment – I wasn’t thinking that at all LOL. Even walking this track it has always reminded me of Jurassic Park – something about the South Westland bush……

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