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Mountain Bike Tracks Christchurch and Beyond

Thomson Track / Bowenvale Traverse / The Serpent

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This ride starts just above the sign of the kiwi alone the shared Thomson Track. Carry on around the top along the single Bowenvale Traverse until you meet the Huntsbury Track , From here it's all down hill on the grassy 'Serpent' and more single track on the Bowenvale Trail before emerging at the car park on Bowenvale Avenue.

HOW TO GET THERE

Head up Dyers Pass Road and turn left at the Sign of the Kiwi and continue up the Summit Road a short distance. Carry on past the start of the Harry G Ell walking track for a few meters to the start of the Thomson Track.

THOMSON TRACK (~15 MINUTES)

The Thomson Track is a shared walking/biking track that runs just under the Summit road, mainly through bush. It heads up to a carpark area on the Summit Road below the Thomson Reserve.

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BOWENVALE TRAVERSE (~30 MINUTES)

The Bowenvale Traverse carries on below the Summit Road along single track. There are the inevitable rocky sections to negotiate.

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THE SERPENT (~15 MINUTES)

The Serpent starts from part way down the Huntsbury Track to the left. It is appropriately named because of the zig-zag path it takes down the hill. Steep in places, it can also be rocky and rutted.

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BOWENVALE TRAIL (~15 MINUTES)

The Serpent joins onto the single track Bowenvale Trail which winds the rest of the way down the hill. There is a short section where the track widens before reaching the Bowenvale Avenue car park.

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