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1 Day Coppermine Helibike

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1

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$595

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Overview

The Coppermine Loop has something to offer bikers of varying skill and fitness levels. Whether you are looking for a fun and easy ride down a 20km Grade 2 track via the historic and scenic Dun Mountain Railway, or a more challenging biking adventure though a Grade 3+ route down the more exciting South Branch Track, this Coppermine Saddle Helibike adventure fits the bill. Both Coppermine Helibike Nelson routes are explained below.

We join our helicopter at our base by driving out to Wakefield in a van. We can have the helicopter pickup changed to a location closer to town should you desire, but by driving to Wakefield, we are able to give you a more scenery-filled and longer flight as promised in our package. After we land at the Coppermine Saddle, you will have time to explore the mining history of this area, or hike to the summit of Dun Mountain itself if you wish. Once you have your fill of the scenery, you can have your photo taken at the old Coppermine sign after which we decide which track to take on the way down.

The Dun Mountain Railway Grade 2

As the name suggests, the Dun Mountain Railway branch returns to Nelson using the scenic and historic Dun Mountain Railway, which begins in the open mineral belt at the Coppermine Saddle and heads south for a couple of kilometers to the aptly named Windy Point. From here, the track starts to change, and we ride through the sub alpine scrub for a little while before we ride down to the grassy clearing of Third House under the canopy of the deep green native beech forest. We take a break at Third House and enjoy some snacks before we ride on to the Four Corners Crossroad through the beech forest above the Brook Bird Sanctuary.

At the Crossroad, the forest becomes a mixture of pine forests and native regenerating forest, and we ride through this for a while until we arrive at the picnic table where we pause for a magnificent view out over Nelson. Then we pedal for the final leg down through the Codgers MTB Park, where we can have a play if you like, and finally back to Nelson for a “Debrief” at one of the local watering holes.

The trail’s constant grading can be best described as predominantly easy riding that will suit riders of various fitness and skill levels. Though novice riders may have to walk through a small number of creek crossings with rocky entry and exists, these crossings are few.

The South Branch Track Grade 3+

Riders with a little more skill looking for a demanding trail may want to take the more technical and recently upgraded South Branch track. From the Coppermine Saddle to the Boulder Gully, the track meanders down to where rounded riverbed-like rocks make up the mainstay of the area, hence the name. This fun mix of riding surfaces keeps riders on their toes!

As we approach the bottom of this long descent, the terrain becomes flatter and wider and the ride faster down to the big wooden bridge that spans the river where we take a break and re-group. As we pedal down to the Maitain Dam, we follow sections of the track that winds through the magical lower native beech forest and eventually come out to a 4x4 road that leads to dam. Then we take our cue from the water pipeline and have a fun run alongside it before we make an exciting descent to Smiths Ford where we join the Maitai Road that will lead us back into town. For those keen to take a refreshing swim in the Maitai River, many inviting swimming holes on the way back to town are perfect for a nice cool dip.

Coppermine Helihike

Coppermine Helihike

Coppermine Loop Helibike

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Coppermine Helibike Nelson New Zealand

Cost per person

October 2018 - April 2019

  • Minimum 2 people: NZ$695
  • Minimum 4 people: NZ$595
  • Optional Bike Rental: NZ$85

Price can be reduced for larger groups

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