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Brook-Fireball-Maitai Loop, Nelson

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Brook-Fireball-Maitai LoopIntermediate

Submitted by Simon Ashby

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Tasman and Nelson


Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest
Open farmlands
Open ridges/tops


2:00 (Slow)
1:30 (Moderate)
1:00 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 50%

Easy Single Track: 25%

Gravel Road: 25%

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  • Access

    Codgers Mountain Bike Track


    3 km

    7 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    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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