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Widdershin Track

Project: Widdershin Track Construction

Date: 2014

Client: Nelson City Council

Location: Marsden Valley, Nelson

Overview 

Nelson’s reputation as a gold standard mountain bike area is based on an extensive network of high quality tracks and trails. The advantage of high elevations in close proximity to the city centre makes for outstanding mountain biking experiences for locals and visitors. 

Nelmac was commissioned to design and build a 2 km shared walking, running and biking track across the Barnicoat Range. Linking two very popular and well used trails, Widdershin Track climbs for 200m through pine and native forest with excellent views across Marsden Valley and out to Tasman Bay. 

Activity 

Key to the success of this project was ensuring the track retained a grade 3 status - offering intermediate biking experiences and moderate exercise for walkers and trail runners.  

Trail planning involved identification of the best possible line to achieve required gradient targets. Vegetation removal and basic track formation involved a 1.5 tonne digger and onsite materials were repurposed for track surfacing. 

Given regular high rainfall volumes, appropriate drainage methods were used to ensure minimal long term water damage and reduced ongoing maintenance requirements. 

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