Starting from the Lake Ohau Lodge driveway, the trail traverses the lower slopes of the Ruataniwha Conservation Park, with stunning views back across the basin to the Ben Ohau Range. 6km of easy cycling will take you to Freehold Creek, 600m above sea level. From here the track narrows and it’s a steady climb to the high point on the trail at 900m [11km].
Please be aware that there are several ‘false summits’ where the trail appears to reach the high point, but instead keeps winding upward. There is plenty of clean drinking water available from the various streams that flow down from the mountains. Once at the high point it is a rolling descent to the historic woolshed at the top of Quailburn Road [19km]. Toilets and parking are available here.
CAUTION: The downhill from Tarnbrae summit is MODERATELY TECHNICAL with some rough and loose areas. Cyclists, please take care, ride with caution and within your ability.
On the way down Quailburn Road you can turn onto Henburn Rd [36km] and take a side trip to see the Clay Cliffs (14km return).
Where Quailburn Road meets the highway, take the off-road trail which leads through the Ahuriri Camp Ground [42km]. Exit the camp ground and cross over the Ahuriri river using the road bridge. A short off-road trail then takes you to Omarama.
- Ruataniwha Conservation Park
- Native Beech Forests
- Quailburn Historic Woolshed
- Clay Cliffs (side trip)
- Freehold Creek Track