Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024

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Brook - Fringed Hill - 3rd House return

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Dave Hall

Last Updated: 17th Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 28 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.1%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.6%


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Estimated Times to Run







Starting from the car park head up the Codgers trail until you meet Tantragee Rd, follow the road for a further couple of hundred metres then turn right before you reach the Tantragee Saddle & follow the trail up the Dun Mountain Trail.

At approx. the 7km mark take a left turn at a well-formed 4-way intersection up Fringed Hill. This climb is approx. 2.5km and quite steep in places. When you reach the gravel road, continue uphill to the right for another 200m or so before turning off the road to your right to the summit of the hill. From here you head into the bush along Black Diamond Ridge for a couple of km. Just follow the trail straight ahead at any intersections & in approx. 2 km you re-join the Dun Mountain Trail where you turn right. In approx. 1km you will pass the 3rd House (Historical site on the Dun Mt Trail) & from here you have a 9km gradual downhill run all the way back to the car.

This trail includes the peak Fringed Hill.

A lot of this run is on the Dun Mt trail, which is NZ's oldest railway line.

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Plenty of parking as this is a major Mountain Bike area

3 km

7 minutes




All described in the description of the run. If in doubt pretty much turn right.


Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

You do pass the odd creek on this run where you can fill up.

Track is pretty good all year around. It does get snow on the peak, so wear appropriate clothing in winter.

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Trail Reviews

Nice run. Much of the uphill from Cummins spur/Fiur corners is unrunnable for me (too steep). I like Black Diamond Ridge but also a combination of too steep/too technical up and down for me to run for about half of it. Today (April 2023) the downhill is affected by slips and closed with a detour along the Brook Sanctuary fence which runs parallel to the actual track from Third House to the Four corners junction. It’s not too different from the main track in runability. But I’m not sure my FKT should count given it’s not on the same track as everyone else…

Gareth Harris

April 17, 2023

Lots of MTB about - but on the plus side it is graded for MTB so it is endlessly runnable uphill (till the Fringed Hill turnoff anyway). Love the bit through the bush! That section makes the run IMO. Cruisy way to catch some great views. Enjoyed it as an out-of-towner :)

Matt Halverson

April 17, 2021

Great run, but its 850 vert gain in total, not over 1,200 as stated. Overall very runnable, about 3 to 4 km after the peak of Flagged Hill is on technical single trail and is slower going, but the reward is the awesome native bush that youre travelling through over those kms. The last ten km or so is an ideal gradual downhill that you can really open up on if you like. Great route.

Kevin Grimwood

July 2, 2020

Great run, good variety of terrain an great views. I would suggest hitting the trail early as there were a lot of MTB's heading out as I was coming in at around 9am.Also a 3k run from central city if you have no wheels

Bradley Houghton

January 5, 2019

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