Last Updated: 20th May 2024

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Sharlands-Central Road Loop

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Ben Wallbank

Last Updated: 20th May 2024

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Sharlands Forest currently closed for logging. (Whole run is in Sharlands)

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Grunt Factor: 23 ?

Gnarl Factor: 8 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest

Open ridges/tops

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.3%


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A permit should be sought from Tasman Pine, there is no cost to runners, permit can be obtained from the Tasman Pine website

From the mountain bike park go through the main vehicle barrier and follow the main track. There are a TON of MTB tracks that are dual-use council tracks, you can run on these, just be sensible i.e. don't go UP a downhill MTB track because they won't be expecting you! Keep an eye on the road signs.

Going clockwise, the route starts on Sharlands Road and changes to Central Road, download the map/GPX because there's a lot of extra exploring that can be done.....accidentally ;) The route finishes by the place you started. This can be done anti-clockwise, but does mean that you end on a slightly steeper (but still totally runnable) descent that might smash the legs a bit more than clockwise.

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100% free parking.

5 km

9 minutes


Name: Tasman Pines - A permit (free to runners) can be obtained from the Tasman Pine website: 


Very patchy.

Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

There is a stream at the start, but this is a working pine forest, so you might want to avoid it. Closest free water is at the Botanics/Centre Of NZ - Milton/Hardy Street.

Good all year around, rain or shine.

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Trail Reviews

Definitely one of my favourite non-technical longer training routes. I'm always a fan of a loop, good runnable gradients, and some views. Easy nav, but best using the gpx or having a map the first time around, as there are a few roads up there.

Tara Jackson

May 22, 2022

Good GPx, accurate description. I would have preferred some single trail.. but the run delivered exactly what it promised!

Mark Hebberd

November 14, 2021

A good solid running loop all on gravel roads, mostly easy navigation with a couple of checks as there are numerous forestry roads along the way. Some nice views of the forestry and great views towards Cable Bay from the high point.

Pete Marshall

May 5, 2020

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