Lake Emma to Lake Camp

Lake Clearwater, Lake Emma and Lake Camp are all within an easy bike ride from each other. There are 4WD tracks that skirt each lake with amazing views.

None of the riding is particularly difficult and a young family can comfortably ride the trails together. Be sure to take a few spare tubes as some of the track is covered by Matagouri.

From the Lake Emma car park follow the track that skirts Lake Emma and cross the outlet (this can usually be ridden through but depending on height may require wading through slow moving water).

The track then edges around the bottom of Harper Range before following Balmacaan Stream. Ride through the stream at the mouth to the marked trail on the other side & follow it to Lake Camp. You can either return down the same track or take the road back.

NB: The road is a shingle one and in the summer can be quite busy with cars going up to the Lakes for boating and fishing, making it a dusty option and maybe not so safe for young children to ride on.

The track is:

  • Suitable for all abilities and levels of fitness.
  • 100% rideable
  • 30% 4WD track
  • 70% duel use single track

This information is taken straight from the Chill Adventures Magazine www.chillout.co.nz – new out this summer. It contains biking information on lots of tracks around the South Island.

It is a must have for any mountain biking people. For your free copy please call into the Methven i-SITE – 160 Main Street, Methven, or grab one from all good bike shops around New Zealand. 

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