Mountain Bike Track, Millers Flat to Lake Onslow Road

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The cycle from Millers Flat up to Lake Onslow turn off, a 633 Mt climb will give you a fantastic view of the Teviot valley and a birds eye view of the middle section of the Clutha Gold Cycling Trail.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: South Island
  • Distance: 13 kms
  • Time needed: 2 Hours
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: Double back
  • Elevation: 898m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November, 2019

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Points of interest along the walk​

Millers Flat

From out the front of faigans Cafe bike up river or towards Roxbury on the Teviot Road for 1Km turn Right onto Oven Hill Road cycle for 600 Mt, now you are on Tima Burn Road

Half way

Tima Burn Road, follow the sealed road for 1,2 Km and that is the end of the sealed road as well as the easy cycling, now it is a  challenging 633 Mt climb to Lake Onslow T section. I hope I haven’t put you off the ride, there is a number of slight downhill cruises to give the legs a rest and give you time to look around. One of my excuses for stopping  halfway up one of the hills was to turn around and take advantage of the amazing view back down the valley.

Lake Onslow Road

You are only minutes away from the Lake Onslow Road when you see a small aerial sitting on the ridge line as you round the last left hand corner. As you reach the top it was interesting to see how much land has been cultivated. The colours between the green paddocks and the untouched tussock land was like looking at a famous landscape painting. To day a heavy and bulky SLR with a 500mm lense would have been the camera to take, instead of the light and compact gopro The only shelter you will fine to get you out of the cold wind is to double back the 50 Mt to the Aerial and stand behind the small building. I stop at the shed, to drink my hot coffee hoping it would warm up my freezing body. Looking back down the Teviot Valley to Millers Flat, the anticipation of the downhill rush that is to follow took away the cold feeling in my hands and feet. I was ready for another  super fast 63 KPH downhill white knuckle, burning brake pads ride to the bottom, what a big buzz compared to my Avs of 7 KPH crawl to the top. Next week I will bike up here again and may be ride through to Roxbury if the sun is out.

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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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