Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Fringed Hill Slugger

Nelson, Nelson

Submitted by Nick Lane

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 19

Gnarl Factor: 11








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Type of Run

Urban fringe

Out and Back

Very hilly

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +10.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -10.3%


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Follow Tantragee Road from either one of the car parks (in Brook Valley or Maitai Valley) to Tantragee Saddle, and at the top turn onto Fringed Hill Road, which continues uphill (you will see Nelson City Council signposts directing you).

The road climbs in up and around Groom Creek gully, and then around the northern aspect of Fringed Hill, before switching back westward for the final climb.

The average gradient of Fringed Hill Road is 11% and is reasonably consistent the whole way up. The hillside is covered in young pine trees which are low enough to allow amazing views north and west across Tasman Bay.

The road rounds the upper slopes of Groom Creek gully again, before reaching the top of the unnamed spur that forms the western side of the gully. The road forks here. To access the summit, turn left at the fork, (it is signposted) and continue up a couple more zig-zags.

The summit hosts transmission masts and associated buildings, and there is a trig and a couple of wooden benches to relax on after your climb.

Quite possibly the best view of Nelson from the Top!!!

Plenty of parking at the start along with public toilets and water.

8 km

13 minutes




Generally good.

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

Water at the start from the Mountain bike hub but none along the way or at the top.

Exposed at the top and can get cold very quick.

The road can be used by service vehicles.

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Mark Hebberd

Mark Hebberd

has completed Fringed Hill Slugger twice in the last year.

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A good grunt up followed by a fun run down. What more could you want!

Tara Jackson

May 22, 2022

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