This track follows old farm tracks and logging roads through a mixture of vegetation types. There are good opportunities to enjoy ocean views and many excellent camping sites along the way.
For a shorter walk (2 hours one way), start at Half Moon Bay and follow an old logging track to the track junction with the track to Okiwi Bay. It's a worthwhile detour up to the saddle (10 minutes) where you are greeted wtih great views of the ocean and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. From the junction, sidle through retired farmland down to the mature forest of the Seaward Valley. The track finishes on Seaward Valley Road, off SH1.
Access points with car parking are located at Okiwi Bay and Halfmoon Bay on SH1, and Seaward Valley Road, off SH1.
This is a challenging ride with two major climbs. Steep to medium gradients are combined with a surface that is rutted in places and can be slippery or muddy when wet.
This is a shared-use track. Follow the mountain bikers code: respect others, respect the rules, respect the track.
Know before you go
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.