Blacks Point to Reefton via Konini Pack Track – Riding into History


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.

Murrays Creek Coal tracks

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!).

murrays creek tracks reefton

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…….

swingbridge murrays creek tracks reefton

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.

murrays creek mtb track reefton

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!

konini pack track reefton

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.

dogs enjoying run in forest murrays creek tracks reefton

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!

konini pack track mtb trails reefton

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.

views of reefton lookout track

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.

 

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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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14 Responses to Blacks Point to Reefton via Konini Pack Track – Riding into History

  1. Michael Nees says:

    Looks a great ride thru the forest. How long did it take you to do?

  2. Jane says:

    So gorgeously green with great views. How fantastic to mountain bike through those areas. One day! 🙂

  3. bulldog says:

    Now this looks a lovely place to ride… fairly flat next to the river… I was really enjoying it till you started to climb once more and I started to tire… and then lunch and treats from the bakery and I was fully rejuvenated, ready to carry on…. lovely looking spot and yep.. the greenery is magnificent….

    • coastingnz says:

      The bakery treats do help Rob – knowing they are in our packs just waiting, helps entice us up those hills – well me anyway, I don’t know that Stephen needs the same incentives like I seem to.

  4. Gorgeous green. Reminds me of British Columbia where Peggy and I went on a six-day kayak trip this summer and I am presently blogging about. –Curt

  5. G&B says:

    Of course they have huge grins on their faces, what dog wouldn’t if they were as spoilt rotten as The Boys. And with you stopping at the bakery Nico most probably had thoughts of bread rolls for lunch as well !!!

    • coastingnz says:

      They both had thoughts of our bread rolls I think G&B – as soon as we stopped they were sitting nicely and waiting…… just in case……and needless to say they weren’t disappointed!

  6. Pam says:

    Yes, the green goddess of envy has reared her unattractive head. Swing bridges, historical sites, happy doggie family and the Broadway Tearooms…in one bike road. And yes, West Coast bush is definitely unique in New Zealand!

  7. Lauren Slater says:

    Looks like a great ride! Maybe we’ll have to check it out when we’re there.

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