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Mount Ida Water Race

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A family-friendly cruise along an historic water sluice in the Naseby Forest.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

Singletrack

2,145' 654 m

High

2,046' 624 m

Low

242' 74 m

Up

162' 49 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Naseby Forest is closed when fire danger is determined to be high. Look for posted signs.

Description

The Mount Ida Water Race offers an enjoyable cruise suitable for the whole family, and can be accessed from any number of points around Nasbey (including Coalpit Dam, Hoffman's Dam, and the swimming dam near the holiday park in town). The riding is fairly similar throughout, with a level and well-maintained trail following immediately alongside the waterway.

The only occasional challenges occur where the water race temporarily disappears into siphon pipes to traverse steeper valleys. In these spots the trail steepens for short sections, which can easily be walked. An out-and-back in either direction from any starting point is a good introduction to mountain biking for novices. Advanced riders will use this track as a connector to more difficult singletrack in the surrounding forest.

History & Background

The Mount Ida Water Race was opened in 1877 to bring water to the mining operations near Naseby, and today brings water for agriculture and other uses.

Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

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#12

in South Island

#178

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#21,231

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Family fun on the Water Race Trail
Dec 20, 2014 near Naseby, NZ
Lovely lupine and easy riding along the Mount Ida Water Race.
Dec 20, 2014 near Naseby, NZ
Lakeside riding at Hoffman's Dam
Dec 21, 2014 near Naseby, NZ

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