When visiting our friends in Franz Josef it is hard to go past a quick blat on the local mountain bike track – Faultline.
This is a blast of a trail – ducking and diving, swooping and swaying.
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.
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.
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 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……
Just to prove a point Stephen makes faces at me as he comes down – cheeky!
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.