Land at 1685m on the Old Woman Range.
Bike downhill following a 4WD track to the Nevis Road, a short and sharp uphill to Duffers Saddle (the highest point on the NZ road network), then 1km of undulating ground before rolling downhill the Carricktown tack – heaps of gold mining history including a stamping battery, the Young Australian Waterwheel, and Carricktown and Quartzville mining hut ruins.
If self-riding, finish off riding to Bannockburn on gravel and sealed roads. If guided, there’s the option of riding to the goldmining remnants of Stewartown and Menzies Dam, and finishing off through the Bannockburn Sluicings. End at Mt Difficulty Winery, the historic Bannockburn Hotel, or The Black Rabbit Cafe.
Some rocky sections that require good bike handling skills, or you can walk these parts.
*** During the winter months (June, July, August) the high country is covered in snow and impassable on a normal bike. A shortened version is available with Fat Bikes. ***