Last Updated: 19th Feb 2024

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Brook-Fireball-Maitai Loop

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Simon Ashby

Last Updated: 19th Feb 2024

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Trail closed from the Fireball skid site due to fire risk.

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Grunt Factor: 15

Gnarl Factor: 30

13.2km

380m

380m

305m

  

  

  

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Trail Map

Type of Run

Urban fringe

Loop

Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Plantation/exotic forest

Riverside

Open farmlands

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup

25%
25%
50%

Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +9.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -9.3%

Trailhead

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Estimated Times to Run

2:00

Slow

1:30

Moderate

1:00

Fast

Starting at Codgers, work your way up the well graded track alongside a fair few mountain bikers. Turn left up a track indicated by a blue sign called 'Tasman Journeys' following Jack's Track to the road.

Turn right at the road and follow along for approx 1km until you hit the large Firball skid-site (4 paths lead off here-you are going straight. You could venture left here up to the trig (500m) for amazing views over Nelson and return the way you came. The route however takes you straight through though, following Fireball Road down towards the Maitai River. A well groomed 4wd road leads you gently down for 2-3 km. At one point near the bottom, you rather cruelly run back gently uphill alongside the track in a sort of 'U' shape separated by 15 metres. When you reach the tip pf the 'U' take the blue marked sign down to the Maitai River along a single track.

At the bottom you meet the Maitai Golf course - turn left through an obvious gate and follow this gentle and beautiful track for 4km alongside the river and through farm land.

At the second Nile Street bridge take a sharp left along Nile street and onto the streets of Nelson. Take a left onto Harper Street, a right onto Manuka Street and a left up to Tasman Street which will lead you for 1.7km to your car parked at Codgers.

Amazing views up on Firball Trig over Tasman Bay, best in town. A myriad of sweaty mountain bikers to overtake on your way up towards Firball skid-site. Gentle 4km along Maitai river to finish.

Plenty

3 km

7 minutes

Yes

No

Moderate.

Be watchful to read the MTB Blue signs as they have useful track info on them.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

Carry with you

Mtb tracks can get muddy during rainy times.

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Kate Annan

Kate Annan

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Trail Reviews

Great little loop in the heart of Nelson ✌️

Matt Tongue

October 25

Very runnable, nice surfaces and easy gradients. I ran it today, 19 Nov '22, and was able to run on the downhill from the 'tip of the U'. However, the Matai Valley Walkway section from Nile St to Clouston Bridge is still closed.

Tom Brennan

November 19, 2022

Great trail!!

Charlie Harrison

July 16, 2022

This is a great loop. Easy to get to, provides some nice variety, and some good views.

Tara Jackson

May 22, 2022

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