Beyond the Beach, Kaiteriteri Reserve has 180 hectares of forestry trails with views across Tasman Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park.
The new shared trails give runners, walkers, and riders the opportunity to
sample the best of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, on trails
circumnavigating the entire 180 hectares of park. While in the park you have
the chance to see a wide range of native birds and plants. Resident
populations of kea, pīwakawaka, ruru, korimako and tui keep the forest alive
with birdsong while overhead you’ll often see kārearea and kākā.
The 12 km route takes in views of Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve and its incredible beaches,
Adele Island, and the Abel Tasman National Park and can be completed in 1hr plus on a bike, 1.5-2.5hrs running or 2.5-3.5 hrs walking. If you start from Kaiteriteri Beach, follow the estuary around Martin Farm Rd until you reach the entrance to the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park, it will add another 1km in each direction.
The trails that form the loop are all Grade 2-4, meaning that
careful riders will not be faced with any challenges they are not ready for,
and steady gradients, but it's a grunty climb to the top. The track splits in places to create safe trails for walkers and riders so follow the Arapiko green signs, keeping an eye out for the walking or riding only signs,
The Loop is designed so that the start-finish is at the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike car park, accessed from Martin’s Farm Road and is to be ridden or walked in a clockwise direction. That doesn't mean you can't start anywhere else, and we recommend starting at Kaiteriteri Beach and following the Great Taste Trail and Easy Rider until you join the Lower Piki ki te Rā trail.
Piki ki te Rā (climb to the sun) meanders its way through the forest with several panoramic viewing points along the way to stop for a breather or a picnic on route until it reaches its summit at almost 300m.
After enjoying the outstanding views to the north of the Abel Tasman national park, head along the Main Forestry Road before walkers and runners descend down the twist and turns of Corkscrew, and Ziggy. Riders have the pleasure of a fun descent down Jaws & Cheeky Weka. Then follow the green Arapiko signs to finish the loop.
For those of you who want a shorter walk, we recommend the 7km Coppins loop, which starts and finishes at the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike car park. It's a beautiful, shared trail through native bush, suitable for people of all abilities. Follow the orange Coppins signs, and please look out for each other on this shared trail. It's a fantastic running loop for those of you looking for a 9km run from Kaiteriteri Beach or campground,
Whilst enjoying these amazing trails, stop to take a moment to thank Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve and the trail builders, as these trails have all been hand built and maintained by the Reserve team and volunteers from our local community…kudos to you all!
Please stay safe: Walkers and runners please stay on the shared trials, and riders please look out for walkers and runners, so that we can all enjoy this piece of paradise safely. Wear suitable clothing and let someone else know where you are going before heading into Reserve.