Poulter Valley


The track through the Poulter Valley in Arthur's Pass is one of only a few approved tracks in a national park where mountain biking is permitted.

  • Grade: Grade 3 (Intermediate) to park boundary, Grade 2 (Easy) beyond park boundary
  • Distance: 20 km
  • Time: 3.5 hours
  • Other users: trampers and hunters

The trip offers bikers great scenery, some challenges and a couple of good huts  for an overnight stay. Mountain bikers must keep to the specified route.

From Mt White Road, follow the 4WD track for 13 km, across river terraces and fans to reach the park boundary fence. The ride is a grunt in places. This stretch follows a legal road that goes through Mt White Station, so respect stock and farm activities.

From the park boundary fence, it is easy riding along an old 4WD track over river flats  to the new Casey Hut on a terrace overlooking the Poulter River. The original Casey Hut burnt down in 2015, and a 12-bunk replacement hut was opened in August 2020 on a new site.

The last 1.5 km of the track has been diverted to follow the river to the hut, rather than entering the beech forest.

Beyond the Casey Hut, cross the Casey Stream and   follow another 4WD track across river flats for another four km to reach the Trust/Poulter Hut - the end point for mountain-bike access.

Content sourced from: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/canterbury/places/arthurs-pass-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/arthurs-pass-mountain-biking-tracks/

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