Nydia Track photo epic

The May-June issue of Mountain Bike Australia has just been published with my feature on the Nydia Track and should soon hit news stands in New Zealand.  Below are a few shots and stories behind the scenes of this iconic track. 

Firstly I would like to thanks the "On the track Lodge" and The Mailboat for making this trip happen

Day 1 Opouri Bridle track

Day 1 started off with a late evening shred down Opouri Bridle track to camp for the night at the mint Harvey Bay camp site, a superb spot. 

Opouri Bridle Track on Trailforks.com

Brews at Harvey Bay campsite 

Opouri Saddle 

Cook up with the jetboil sumo

Stealth looking Nomad prepped and ready for the root fest. 

Day 2 Nydia Track 

Photo: Virginia Woolf  

Zack was on form for this trip and hit a banger turn down on a root feature to start the day off  

So the plan for this trip was to ride Nydia Track with Catharine, Zack and Virgina Woolf photographer, over two days. Starting at Duncan Bay and riding through to "On the track Lodge" at Nydia Bay. The second-day we would ride through to Kaiuma Bay to be picked up by "The Mail Boat" which would travel through the scenic Pelorus Sound to Tennyson Inlet back to the start of Nydia track, Duncan Bay.  

Nydia Track on Trailforks.com

After pancakes, we started off with checking out the Duncan bay wharf. A sublime, still morning and cracker way to start the day.

Photo: Damian Stones 

Photo: Damian Stones 

The nomad was primed and ready yeoow

Rescue Helicopter Trust provides an Incredible service they even transported her bike back to Nelson.
— Damian

"On the track Lodge," a rad place to stay

You can ride this trail with just a day pack making riding this tech track much more enjoyable as the Lodge provides a range of accommodation; from a yurt, chalets and train carriages! They can provide everything you need from meals & drinks to comfortable beds with linen etc.  

Superb way to finish the day on the trail with a few stories around the campfire

Day 3 - Nydia Bay - Kaiuma Bay

The plan for the day was to ride from Nydia Bay  through to Kaiuma Bay to be picked up by "The Mail Boat". This involved a climb out of Nydia bay up through some farm land into the true climb in the scrub up Kaiuma Saddle.

The fun begins again from the Kaiuma Saddle where there are some similar trail features like on the Nydia Saddle on the first half of the descent, from rock and root features with lots of line options down the trail to keep things interesting

The Mailboat 

The second day on the Nydia track involved a trip on The Mailboat, this was one of the highlights of our journey. It gave an entirely different perspective on the landscape of the Marlborough sounds. Our route for the boat trip was from our pick up point at Kaiuma Bay up through Pelorus Sound into Tawhitnui Reach and then Tennyson Inlet back to our starting point of Duncan Bay Wharf where our ute was. The Mailboat service saves a lot of hassle with vehicle relocations or a really long boring bike ride on the road!

This photo sums up The Mailboat, Jim The owner of the Mailboat is a super enthusiastic fella and has a wealth of knowledge of the region. Later this year they will be getting a new boat complete with bike racks. There is lots of options with boats in the Marlborough sounds and linking up with other trails such as the Queen Charlotte track. Give Jim a holla to work out some options for creating your epic Marlborough Sounds MTB adventure.

Like my Waitangi weekend trip to the Queen Charlotte track, the draw to this distinctive coastal region is strong. If you want a more challenging advanced trail, the Nydia track should be high up on your list. This will be the type of trail that draws you back to tick off trail obstacles that you didn't get the first time around. If you are a less confident rider and want to give it a go patience will be your friend, or you don't mind walking sections. Ride this track at your peril when it is wet. The ability to break this trip up and stay at the On The Track Lodge and to get the Mailboat back to the start has real appeal.