I’m not bluffing (sorry!) when I say the riding at Bluff is a must do.
The local mountain bike club have made the most of the forestry area heading up the infamous Bluff Hill with a network of trails.
Almost a hidden secret if you don’t know about them as there are no signs directing the way to get you started.
There is a map available though so make sure you call in at the local bike shop in Invercargill or the I-site and keep on hand to find your starting point – and your way around the tracks.
Us though, well we left the map at home – just to add to our adventure. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! Going on our memory from riding here previously and then just following our noses to see where we were led……
Huff, puff, we’re biking up Bluff
Huff and puff, pedal, pedal, twist and turn as we wind our way up the hillside.
Up and over little rocky outcrops, twist and turn through the forest and up the hill.
and then down…….
could this be it, we’re reached the top of the trail, time for some downhill fun.
The trail does almost a figure eight. The top of the downhill section has some fun gnarly rocky outcrops to negotiate, a good test of skill for just enough brake when needed, picking the right line, bouncing down with a slight grimace that soon turns to a wide grin!
Off the rocks and into swooping down through the pine trees with fab views out over Bluff township before coming to a newly logged section that just opens out as the trail continues to work its way round and down the hill.
The views just get better and better – Bluff harbour out to Tiwai Smelter and then opening out to the Pacific Ocean – gorgeous.
Soon we pop onto the Pearce Street track that leads us back to our car. With big grins and slightly achy arms we load the car – thanks Bluff hill, great ride – no bluffing!
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth on the West Coast. They enjoy getting out and about exploring the West Coast and as much of the South Island as they can. Currently visiting Invercargill in the south – a chance to explore something new.