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Sharlands-Central Road Loop, Nelson

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Sharlands-Central Road LoopBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Ben Wallbank

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Tasman and Nelson


Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Plantation/exotic forest
Open ridges/tops

Beginner - Intermediate

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



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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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  • Access

    Sharlands Mountain Bike Park car park, Maitai Valley Road, entrance well sign posted at the Sharlands Bridge.

    100% free parking.

    5 km

    9 minutes


    Name: Tasman Pines - A permit (free to runners) can be obtained from the Tasman Pine website: https://www.tasmanpine.co.nz/permit-forms 

  • Staying Safe


    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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