The theme of our latest ride – green. It was a symphony of colour – an explosion of blue, green and yellow but predominately green so as long as you like green you would have enjoyed our latest adventure. Green also in the respect, we were feeling a little green by the time we got to the top of our mountain bike ride – it had nothing to do with stopping at the bakery before heading out, those treats were still in our hydro-paks waiting to refuel us.
The adventure in question – off to Reefton mountain biking – heading into the hills and bush. Blacks Point to be exact – just on the outskirts of Reefton, up the historic Murray Creek tracks and back out the Konini Pack Track to Reefton. We’ve done the Murray Creek tracks many times but the Konini Pack Track section was going to be a first. This is a new trail leading us straight back to the village.
Stephen dropped me and the boys off at Blacks Point and then headed back to Reefton to park the car and bike back out to us so we could finish in Reefton without worrying about the dogs on the main highway. We’re “thinkers” us (no comments necessary thank you!).
This is generally a beautiful benched track, following the creek and surrounded by typically stunning West Coast native bush – ok so NZ native bush, but it’s just different here on the West Coast – rain forest like, thick and dense and oozing beauty (gush, gush, yes I love it here) – oh and did I mention green…….
It is a steady climb before we switch to the other side of the creek – crossing over a traditional swing-bridge and then a gentle meander before we switch back to the other side again and we return to the steady climbing. Just enough to get you huffing and puffing and let the legs know they are required to have a bit of a work out (and yes there are occasional steep bits – short and sweet though). Eventually we enter the more historic part of the trail, with remnants of old coal and gold mines and their workings.
Our nice benched track soon turns to more like single track snaking up the shingle tops to reach the junction point – down to the Waitahu River or a bit more climbing, staying in amongst the coal and gold mining history and heading for the Konini Pack Track. We’re taking the climbing option – great!
Actually it isn’t too bad, back to benched track and beautiful in amongst the beech forest. There are some steep drop-offs so you do have to pay attention. One final climb before a technical descent into the bush and this our lunch stop – time for those Broadway Tearoom and Bakery delights – today’s treat fresh filled rolls, yum, yum and well-earned.
Now we’re into true mountain bike country – tree roots, drop-offs, switch backs – lots of good fun and great to test out our mountain biking skills. The dogs are having a blast, ducking and diving running between the two of us so we know where they are at all times. They get to really stretch their legs though after we’ve stopped for photo shoots – knowing they can sprint to run past Dad and catch up with Mum – check out these grins!
Soon enough we’re nearing the tops of the hills behind Reefton and the views to the township open up below us. We head off for our final descent – now on the Reefton lookout track – a trail we can see as we’re driving towards Reefton from Greymouth so always exciting knowing we get to come down it and won’t be climbing up it.
Bikes loaded – check, dogs fed, watered and loaded – check. Bakery stop……… check…….wouldn’t be the same now would it!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about with their dogs Nico and Ziggy and exploring the many wonders that make up the West Coast of the Southern Alps.