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Brook - Fringed Hill - 3rd House return, Nelson

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Brook - Fringed Hill - 3rd House returnBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Dave Hall

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

4:30 (Slow)
3:00 (Moderate)
2:15 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 20%

Easy Single Track: 80%

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Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each

Dun Mountain Loop

Dun Mountain Loop

Length: 32.30km

The Brook Fenceline

The Brook Fenceline

Length: 19.00km


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  • Access

    Start from the car park at the bottom of the Codgers Track which is up Brook St in Nelson

    Plenty of parking as this is a major Mountain Bike area

    3 km

    7 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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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